Friday, December 28, 2007

The problem with English football...

...is that English people involved in football don't know anything about football. Alan Shearer has said today that Arsenal will not win the Premiership by playing pretty football (no link - it was in the radio). Rot. Utter rot.
What Shearer seems to think is that the only way to win is by sticking to the kick-and-rush principles that served England so well in their glorious Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. It may come as a surprise to Mr Shearer - a man who many seemingly reasonable people touted as a credible person to take over as England manager, lest we forget - that the teams that win international competitions are the teams that play football rather than hoof it up front to a lanky front man and trust to luck from there. While people with this attitude still have anything to do with the game in this country, England will continue to fail.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Huddersfield AFC have taught Mr. Shearer everything he knows about playing football.

Gary said...

Alan Shearer - isn't he that slightly balding but very interesting to listen man that geordies build gold idols to ?

He is invited to comment on radio stations now ?

How very interesting that programme must sound...

The Big Fat Phony said...

I think a general problem is the press. These people build England up as some sort of footballing giant. Sven, for all his faults, turned England from a nation which had difficulty qualifying for major tournaments into a nation which had difficulty getting past the quarter finals of major tournaments and he got crucified by the press. The Premiership (Greatest League in the World tm) may be one of the top leagues in the world but why is that? It's down to the number of extremely expensive and very talented foreigners playing in it. Quite telling that Sven was asked a few games into the season why "his" England had not played in the same style as "his" rejuvenated Manchester City were playing and his answer was that he did not have the players.

Englands fortunes will not change until two things happen:

1) The youth system is changed and kids trying to play the ball are not harangued into hoofing it up the pitch in the general direction of the oppositions half as hard as the can.
2) Some sort of cap on foreign players or wages is brought about.

John_D said...

Re point 1, BFP:

I never had any coaching. I was never offered any coaching. In order to get some sort of coaching, you had to show you were good enough to play without needing coaching.
At the moment, every English player that makes it at the top level is doing so in spite of, not because of the standard of coaching in this country.

Still, as long as the Premiership is OK...

the big fat phony said...

It's not just a question of coaching. It's yer average parent stood on the sidleines giving his/her opinion of how to win as opposed to how to improve or just plain giving encouragement.

Up to a certain age it's not about winning/gaining titles, it's about learning to enjoy the game. As long as you can see schoolboy games in England where the star player is some 6 foot freak who is bigger and stronger than the rest of his peer group, English football will not improve.