YES Sven has tinkered with his formation to such an extent nobody appears to know truly what the best system is. YES he seems to have ‘teacher’s pets’ in Owen and Beckham, and YES he does appear ‘strangely alluring’ to the ladies and is filling his boots at every opportunity.
But so what? Better to tinker with his system NOW, than in the world cup, who WOULDN’T pick Owen and Beckham, and who REALLY cares if he’s shagging Ulrika Johnson,
Roxette, ABBA and Byon Borg so long as England qualify and we win the world cup?
Poet and play write John Dryden once said ‘beware the fury of a patient man’. Although over 300 years old, the quote should be heeded as a stern warning to all the tabloid hacks currently calling for the head of the Erickson.
Patience is the key in football. Manchester United currently has by far the most successful football manager of the last 20 years. By luck or by judgment Alex Ferguson owes much of his success to the PATIENCE of his employers. I genuinely believe England under Erickson could see history repeat itself. In much the same way.
The last time the tabloid media mounted such a sustained campaign to oust an England manager, they got their man after he’d only been in charge for 28 games.
He didn’t win the world cup at the first time of asking, and he was deposed largely due to non football matters despite haven’t the best win percentage of ANY England manager since Sir Alf.
Glenn Hoddle made the fatal mistake of ‘apologizing’ to the tabloid hacks for a quote taken WAY out of context, and with that his days as England boss were numbered. Sven must not go the same way. It serves no purpose and will only harm our world cup chances.
In fact, whoever is in charge of Sven’s media management, speech writing, spin or whatever, should simply tell the Swede to look the likes of Mark Lawrenson square in the eyes, face Martin Samuel, and all the other fat wasters in ‘Fleet street’ head on and simply borrow a quote from ‘Mike Bassett- England
”Next match, England will be playing 4-4-fucking-2”.