Following a series of pitiful events, the English national team faces a bit of a crisis ahead of Euro 2012. Having endured the insult of the FA undermining his managerial authority in the discipline of alleged racist John Terry, Fabio Capello swiftly decided that he would resign. It would appear that the FA were not paying attention during The Godfather: it’s all about respect with the Italians. But on the bright side, the English media breathe a sigh of relief, as they won’t have to grasp desperately for an excuse should “their boys” fail to meet expectations.
What makes the series of events even more pitiful is the swelling of public support for Harry Redknapp, a man who recently suffered the ignominy of a high-profile court case involving allegations of tax-evasion, to become the next England manager. Redknapp is currently the manager of a relatively successful Tottenham Hotspur team and he is well respected in English football circles, but is he really the man that England want, let alone need?
In a recent press conference, FA Chairman David Bernstein spoke with enthusiasm when he said, “I was really impressed with his attitude”. He wasn’t talking about Harry Redknapp, however. He was referring to Stuart Pearce, the man who will manage England in the interim period and certainly for their game against Holland. John Scales, on the BBC discussion panel, immediately ruled out Pearce as being a long-term solution to England’s problems, but why?
He ticks all of the FA’s boxes: They have a preference for an English man, check. They want someone who is passionate and can inspire the players, check. They want someone who knows the English game and English players, check.
Pearce is currently juggling a few different balls. He has been a coach for Fabio Capello during his tenure as England manager, he is the current manager of England under 21s, where he has guided English teams to Finals and Semi Finals of European competition and he is set to manage the British football team which will compete in the Olympics. Granted, his performance as Man City manager was uninspiring, but most will agree that international management is a completely different kettle of fish.
Forget Harry, Pearce is the man for England.