Oh my England, what are you like?
Men of their beliefs… true commitment to the cause of Brexit. Never has it been so amusing to New Yorkers to have an Englishman in their office.
‘Pete, I don’t get soccerball or the EU, but your country is sucking ass this week’
The players didn’t really let us down, because the way they played last night is the way they’ve played under Roy Hodgson across two tournaments. I slated the man after Brazil and I’ll slate him again. He’s completely average as a manager. He’s a dated thinker, he’s tactically weak, he was totally blown away with price tags and reputation, he didn’t understand how to make component parts work together and the players were completely uninspired.
Hodgson: “I’m comfortable that, whatever way we want to play, we’ll be covered. Systems wins you nothing. Football players win you games.”
— England (@England) June 1, 2016
To be honest, you should be fired for saying things like the above. It’s such an unbelievably English (circa 1996) thing to say.
Here’s the thing. England don’t have a bad squad of players. It’d be hard to argue that we didn’t have the best strikers at the Euros. I might not rate Vardy, but Wenger does enough to slap a £20m bid in for him. Daniel Sturridge is an electric player. Harry Kane is, well, good for goals. We had Rashford, who looked great when he came on. I mean, that’s a forward line that could do some damage.
… but the midfield. Erick Dier, just a man beast thug from the nineties who isn’t a midfielder by trade. No real craft to his game, very weak sideways passer. Alli, looks great in a Spurs shirt, a bombastic player, powerful and mobile, but totally awful for England. He lost the ball 84 times this tournament, the most of any player. Then you have Wayne Rooney. Nothing says more about our press than the cooing over his performances. He is a fat man who lost his edge as a brilliant forward. He doesn’t understand how to be a midfielder. Being a once ‘good’ footballer does not make you an expert in every position. His positional play was weak, his ability to transition the ball up the pitch was laughable at times and we suffered big time because of him.
I mean, Joe Hart didn’t help. A reliable keeper most of the time. But hey, this was Manchester City.
England should have had a place for Jack Wilshere. I know he was rusty, but the guy knows how to move a ball from deep, he has a great range of passing and he can dribble through the lines.
If you can’t beat Iceland, you deserve to exit the tournament. A terrible, terrible side… with a system.
The absolute joke of it all is we still have the same FA appointing the next manager. A bunch of clueless establishment old white men in suits who have no idea about how to develop the game. We should have a mass cull like the Germans did back in the day. We should send the new overlord of the FA a copy of Das Reboot by Rapha Honigstein and demand they read it. Then we start again. No Aidy Boothroyd. No Gareth fucking Southgate. No chance of Alan Shearer coming in because he used to shout a lot back in the day AND SHOWED REAL ENGLAND PASSION.
We need a better infrastructure. We need a rethink on our approach. We need to bring in people from countries that understand the modern game… or, hire people from THIS country who know what they’re talking about but might not come with a reputation for being a thug manager in the early noughties. There are so many young, super-smart coaches who have taken their badges. Why aren’t they near the setup? Why aren’t they given a chance to bring their ideas to the table? Why isn’t this a meritocracy?
Get me some vision. Find me a new football philosophy. Let’s push things forward.
Big shout out to Alexis for winning his second Copa. He didn’t get to score the winning penalty, but I think he was basically responsible for retiring the greatest of all time. The final was a spectacular feast of violence and bad reffing. Poor finishing prevented Argentina capitalizing on their possession and quality superiority.
Great thing with that tournament finishing and the Euros climaxing is we can watch anxiously as Wenger fails to build on his early summer transfer glory. Absolute banter when preseason starts and we only have a Xhaka… internal promotions for kids and a pay as you play deal for Sol Campbell and Bobby P.
KEEP THE FAITH PETE, IT WILL NOT BE THE USUAL SHIT SHOW!
… but I fear it might be. Wenger thinks three players is all it’ll take. He also thinks he can holiday for a month, which means there are unlikely to be wholesale changes to the way we think and operate.
This season is going to be great or tragic… we’ll see.
RIGHT, have a good day. BIG LOVE.