England Manager Choice Becoming A Farce


The English FA have not appointed a manager to replace the departed Fabio Capello – and it’s starting to become a bit of a farce.

Stuart Pearce – is this guy picking the England squad?

The first Group D game of the European Championships, which is the group England are part of, is on June 11th when England play France in Donbass Arena, Donetsk in the Ukraine.

It’s likely that Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa of Newcastle could even start that game for France.

That’s in under seven weeks  time,  so who has been checking on the players’ form over the last few months, and who will be picking the squad?

Fabio Capello walked out on England on February 8th, when the FA said that John Terry couldn’t be captain for the  tournament, and that’s now eleven weeks ago.

Of course only a couple of weeks ago the FA said everything was under control,  and there’s nothing to worry about – right!

And today, Stuart Pearce, the former Newcastle left back and the current England U21 coach and the manager of the Great Britain Olympic team, has  again said there’s nothing to worry about.

There will be a final 23-man squad, and Pearce says it must be picked by May 10th,  and the squad will spend a week in Spain and have friendlies against Norway in Oslo on May 26th and Belgium on June 2nd at Wembley.

But the FA immediately disagreed that the squad had to be picked by May 10th.

Pearce had this to say today:

“Everything is in place. Someone could just walk through the door and take the squad tomorrow. It will be a benefit whichever way it falls. I’m more than happy to take both tournaments this summer – European Championship and Olympics.”

“It would be a great experience for me and I’m more than happy doing both.” “I’ve no idea whether I’ll be selecting it but I would fully expect — whether it be me or it be the next man — he’ll be selecting a squad around that sort of time (May 10th). The players need to know.”

“My ego’s not so big that I will feel disappointed if  I’m not  given the job full-time. There’s often an uplift when a new manager comes in. It might just help the team.”

Pearce is a failed club manager and neither has the skill nor the experience to be the England manager – but the FA did appoint Steve McClaren as England manager, when it was the most convenient choice and would upset the least number of people – so appointing Stuart would be no worse than that.

Surely the new manager will want to pick his own squad, but he can hardly have done any scouting over the last few months.

The new manager will most likely be Harry Redknapp of Tottenham, and the second favorite seems to be Roy Hodgson of West Brom – both Englishmen.

The FA have done some daft things in the past,  but does anybody know of any other country that doesn’t have a manager right now, and are participating in the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine starting in June?

It’s getting to be a farce – and we wish it wasn’t so – but it seems to be another one the FA have created.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    a love how pardew is getting overlooked for the england manager job 😛

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    kyle naughton is also better than simpson, imho

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  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    My comment from the last post:
    Johnson is not better than Simpson atall :s hes better going forward but hes a rubbish defender which is a RBs main job!!! Clne has never been tested in the premier league so he cant count neither.. So that leaves.. Richards/Walker/Simpson/Johnson/Clyne… In order

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    danny simpson is in top 20 PL Right backs

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    currently playing

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  • Toonboy_84

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    The Simpson debate rolls on again………………… Cummon lads he aint that bad. No world beater but there’s alot worse and we should be grateful for all the points he has saved us this year.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry…I said I was going, but couldn’t help but have a read through.

    Indian…that is one great stat 🙂 He’s one of the top 20 RB’s in a league with 20 teams. Brilliant

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Johnson is a similar level of defensive ability (both poor) as simpson but is better at attacking so ye hes better. Just because we have had some really good defensive displays does not mean that the players are all top class. Most of this has come down to the work ethic and the organisation Pardew has put into the team.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    On the England matter – as I’ve already posted when I said I wouldn’t – This could actually work in our favour. Did we really think we’d do well in the Euros when Fabio was still manager? I don’t think so. With the shambolic display by the FA, England will have a lot of pressure taken off them, as no one really will expect them do that well. Might be a blessing in disguise…then again it could just be a disaster.

    Not sure the whole OV thing can apply to the England national team – sadly

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    What about the points he has cost us some of his clearances from the line were standard and most fbs covering the posts would have stopped them. He would probably be good enough to be back up next year although i think Tav will take that spot but he certainly is not good enough to be playing champs league if we get there.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    How many has he cost us then?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Indian was being ironic!!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13

    “Pearce is a failed club manager and neither has the skill nor the experience to be the England manager –”

    Bit harsh Ed?????

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  • -Tendo-

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    hey guys, does anyone have the link to that ad blocker? everytime i come on here i’m getting re-directed to world life expectancy.com its ridiculous!

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  • redondo77

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    I don’t mind having Simpson playing for us for another 3 to 4 years.
    Btw is it really a big problem not having left footed LB or LW? We have Santon and Fergie also Raylor or Jonas for LB, not good enough?

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  • corktoon88

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Why does everyone give out about simpson?being a top performer this year. To all you simpson haters please tell me 3 mistakes he has made which has cost us games. cos all i remember is him saving us points with more than a few goal line clearences

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda…I got that. Irony can be amusing you know

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  • theleckworthbird

    Apr 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    I would rather have Hodgson as England boss than devious Harry. What say all of us?

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