England manager

One of the more annoying things in the debate about England football managers is the idea that the nationality of the coach (or more specifically whether he is English, British or one of them foreign types) will have a massive effect on his ability to manage the country. People assume foreign mangers have no grasp of the ‘English way’. There is much merit in having a manager who can speak English, understands how premiership footballers play, can have a bond with players and is popular with fans. Capello seemed to fail at the first, third and last of these (although as for the third point many were praising Capello’s stern and distant style of man management when he arrived). However, there is no reason why a foreign coach, perhaps with experience of managing in the premiership, wouldn’t fit all the criteria.

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