Newcastle Michael Owen has given his support to England manager Steve McClaren ahead of the friendly international against Austria on Friday.
Not surprisingly, the head coach is coming under pressure as his side face elimination from the European 2008 finals. This will be the first time England has missed out on reaching a major championship final, since we failed to reach the World Cup Finals in America in 1994. Graham Taylor was the manager responsible for that one.
Michael Owen – supports England manager Steve McClaren
Michael talked about the England manager:
“It is probably harder to manage England than any club,” “There is a lot of pressure involved and because the manager doesn’t get to see the players as often as they would at club level, if you have a bad result, you have to live with it for a month or two, which must be really hard.â€
“If you have a good game, everything is great, if you don’t you get criticized.â€ “We are a proud nation that wants to be competing in all the big tournaments.â€
“We are a major force in football. In the last dozen years or so we seem to get to every major tournament and then into the last eight.â€ “We could easily have gone on to win one of them, but there is such a fine line at the top and you do need that little bit of luck.”
While we still hope England can qualify for next year’s finals, it’s now out of our hands. Itâ€™s good that Michael supports his manager, but the truth is that McClaren should never have been appointed to the England position in the first place. There is absolutely nothing in his CV to suggest he should have been appointed England manager. It was a very safe and political choice by the FA. What we’re getting from McClaren is the mediocre success he produced at Middlesbrough. What else did they expect? The reason Steve was selected was because he was the candidate who politically upset the least number of people. What a spineless way to choose a manager.
But that’s the English FA, and they need to start doing their job properly, and choose somebody worthy of the position. They shouldn’t be worried about whether the appointment upsets people. Their job is to get the top man for the job and get England winning these top championships – not struggling to qualify.
Until the English FA start doing their job and show some guts and courage in the selection process, thereâ€™ll be no glory for England â€“ thatâ€™s the unfortunate truth.