• Hobson's Choice

    England X-pects.....

    Does Roy Hodgson have the X factor? There is no doubt that he is one of the best (of the very few) candidates available if The FA are to deliver what most England fans want at this time (i.e. an English Coach/ Manager).

    He is widely respected and has experience at international level. I understand that his coaching style at Liverpool was very methodical. Despite a perceived lack of success whilst at Melwood this could translate well to international tournament football, where instructions can be walked through on the training pitch conserving energy when planning for each successive game. In addition to this – and perhaps most obviously - Hodgson appears to be a better cultural fit for The FA compared to, say, Harry Redknapp.

    This is the key. There is an edge to Redknapp, a side to his character that unsettles the ‘decision makers’ at The FA. He seems to be a character that would cause them a bit too much excitement, a bit too much electricity (insert your relevant AC/DC reference here….?). Redknapp has the ‘K’ factor – the hidden something – qualities and charisma that can excite and enthuse the players. For an outsider looking in, Redknapp seems better placed to schmooze the superstars than safe ‘uncle’ Roy.

    The FA has taken the safer option. Financially, culturally and politically, it was an obvious fit. That said, I believe that the thing that was levelled at Roy at Liverpool – that he was still a good coach but at the wrong club – applies to this England post, too. The ‘decision makers' want him, but do the players? I can’t really imagine them being inspired by him – can you?

    Ultimately, England will struggle whoever is in charge, though. Until there is a unified approach from the Premier League, FA and PFA and others to form a party that can truly put in place a long term plan to prevent the Burton Project being turned into St George’s Theme Park we are doomed. In the mean time, is Roy Hobson’s choice..?


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