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It has to be Harry

It has to be Harry

Paul Merson believes England need to call on Harry Redknapp in the wake of their World Cup disaster.

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Chris Skilton (Manchester United fan) says...

Yes I agree Capello must go and the England players failed miserably. It;s not just about the coaching - I didn't see one English player with any individual skills, noone who is willing to take on a player, noone with the skills to change a game. Why? - maybe because the premier league is so full of imported players, mabe it;s just the English bulldog mentality. Yes fitness, running and determination are needed but we need players who can change a game with speed, skill and audacity. At the moment we have noone - in any position. Rooney is used to playing with Berbatov, Giggs, Nani, Ronaldo....

Posted 05:37 29th June 2010

Stuart Fairbrother (Manchester City fan) says...

Screaming for an English manager to manage England because he knows English football??? Genius, I mean really, that's the best you could come up with for the total and utter lack of anything near a trophy in, ohh, how many years now? I heard a commentator mention the need for a "Pearce, or Hoddle on the pitch", really? Why? what did we win again with them? i hope Capello stays, i really do, and turns round to the FA, the media and whoever else and sticks up two fingers, picks his team and tactics and sticks with it, instead of a manager swayed by public opinion of who should be there. Then maybe, just maybe, we might be a force in football again. Seriously, watch the Argentina/Mexico game, and thank god we didnt go up against them.

Posted 04:43 29th June 2010

Ivor Burley (Fulham fan) says...

We fill the Premier with foreign imports and this is the end result. Lets face it the same old names are beyond there prime but where is the new young talent going to come from.

Posted 04:35 29th June 2010

Dan Iddon (Manchester United fan) says...

Despite Englands ease in qualification I've been saying it for the last four years, Harry for England. He's a motivator who will get the players firing in the short space of time an England coach has the boys together. Spot on Paul Merson.

Posted 04:14 29th June 2010

Scott Sunderland (Manchester United fan) says...

I would get rid of Capello for one sole reason, he's Italian. I know this sounds racist or whatever but the one thing about italian football is that they go for experience than young talent (as seen with the average age in the squad) He can not be manager for the next 2 years because english football is in a transition stage now from the 'golden generation' if you want to call them that, to the next stage and he will just pick the old tired faces like lampard, gerrard, rio, terry which are getting on now. I would bring in Hodgson simply because he has the international know how and deserves the chance, but Redknapp also deserves the chance to prove himself

Posted 03:31 29th June 2010

Tony Bennett (Liverpool fan) says...

why do u guys talk about the manager always. about systems 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. these players are creme da la prem init. i always thought class players were adaptable to any formation or system? is'nt that s'possed to be the difference between club football and international football. are'nt u s'pposed to be running harder to stop better players and playing quicker more precise football to get around teams that generally at this level defend better. management hasnt a thing to do with 3 of four defenders standing muddled on the left wing whilst opposition players gleefully maraude into your penalty box. nor does it explain why a goal kick bounces where ctr backs are s'possed to be standing allowing another goal to be scored. get ruthless with this rabble fabio and change the blend of personel. otherwise as u can see is happening, personel will change u

Posted 01:47 29th June 2010

Paul Collins (Arsenal fan) says...

merse i agree with you even as a arsenal fan redknapp would give them the confidence back but im afraid you need more than confidence. you need world class players and as much as people in this country wont see it theres not one world class player in our team especially at national level. scheinsteiger dominated englands midfield and that killed us. we just arent a good team and lets be honest we never have been. we beat minnows to get to world cups whereas the south americans pla yeach other, the qualifying also needs to change thats why they are all so strong. but more importantly you need a plan, capello and the team seemed to be clueless. ive said it before and ill say it again ive always believed theres only one man with the ego, tactical know how and arrogance to win england a world cup and thats jose mourinho, cant believe we didnt give him whatever he wanted to get him nwent and paid more for capello mmm you can be good defensively but if you dont have the flair and skill to open teams up or the agility to shut games out you dont go far. saying they are tired too is rubbish the other teams have played just as much in fact those players participating playing for the likes of inter milan etc have probably played far more than our players, We just arent good enough. individually our players for their clubs are class but this england lot dont know what it means to play as a team because overall even for their clubs they are virtually relied on just themselves. this golden generation should be known as the folding generation because everytime it comes and gets tough they flop big time. see that north korean guy who cried his eyes out for his anthem? thats another thing we lack, there is no true passion from any of our players because they live a pampered life that no matter how much they fail they still get overpaid

Posted 01:39 29th June 2010

Nick Baker (Manchester United fan) says...

There's a saying - you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Well I don't think any manager could make a WC winning team out of that bunch of inept players. Sure, they're great at the million-mile-an-hour rush that is the premier league, but technically they're not as good as your average Spanish second division side. Lampard, Gerrard, Barry, - or even a combination of all three - can't pass, retain possession or unlock a defence like Iniesta, Alonso, Xavi, or Fabregas. When will everyone understand that because our kids are taught long-ball tactics up to the 6 foot striker they are not developing? And you're trying to tell me that Harry Redknapp is a better manager than Capello? It's a joke. Until we change the grass roots of our game, we're going to be having these discussions for a long, long time.

Posted 01:24 29th June 2010

Simon Barker (Aston Villa fan) says...

merse as usal spot on, just moved out to Aus and had to get up at stupid o'clock to watch games, what a waste of sleep. i keep hearing we've got no young talent in england which is rubbish, germany had lots of players from the winning u21 comp, who'd they play in the final, yep England. get the kids in they want to play for the shirt and the country, they remember watching on the Tv with their mates down the pub and what it means, do the present squad, no they sit in their mansions and don't give a sh*t. get the kids in and let them have a go, capello bottled this big style going back to scholes and carragher, you're having a laugh!!

Posted 00:41 29th June 2010

Dave Wokingham (Manchester City fan) says...

So if Harry gets the job, in what condition do you think the next Spurs manager will deliver Champions League quality defenders like Dawson and King? Fit and healthy, or dodgy and crocked? Old 'Arry has done England no favours whatsoever this year. Dawson should have walked into the role next to Terry but Capello has had to pick Upson, then draft in Carragher and then Upson again. That doesn't inspire confidence for his future. As for the conduct of FA members: if they had handled the PR better the 'Terry interview' would have been done by Beckham instead and protected the playing squad. Was that a mistake by ex-BSkyB PR man Julian Eccles or should Adrian Bevington take some responsibility as the more senior exec.? The rumpus caused problems for both players and manager that should have been dealt with much better. Should Capello go first or simply join a long queue at the exit that includes some of those who might otherwise decide his future? I think a much deeper inquiry is required that, sadly, must also include Sir Trevor Brooking's perceived conflict of interest as director of development and a director at West Ham. Otherwise the development of a new squad will be constrained from the start. Who do you think should make the first move? Sir Trev.?

Posted 00:29 29th June 2010

Jordan O'leary (Liverpool fan) says...

I completely agree Paul. What I like about your analysis, is that it is to the point, brutally honest and rightfully condemning of our national side. Lets be honest, this competition, more than any other before has highlighted the solid fact, that England are not contenders for major honours. There is a fundamental problem in every team that gets picked for major tournaments, and it is never addressed. The players don't want it enough, they never play with passion or fire. Look at the South American football teams, they play with absolutely everything they have. The England football team, particularly in the past 4 major tournaments I have watched, have never shown any of this. The wrong players are picked, time and time again. The players who don't care enough, who don't want to win this tournament for the fans. I am sick of it. It is not good enough. The FA must act and rip Capello, because he has proved what he will do with the England squad in a major tournament. New blood is needed, new life, new desire and passion. I would say we need to get an English Manager who can supplement English ideals into the squad and pick the right players. Players who are hungry to win, hungry to have a place in the squad. Enough is enough, the fans are sick of watching this happen time and time again, and not being able to do a thing about it.

Posted 00:20 29th June 2010

Colin Holden (Liverpool fan) says...

Merse, I will be honest and say that half of the stuff you say on a soccer Saturday I don't agree with but I do think you were a hell of a player and this article you have written is absolutey bang on. The points you make are the most accurate of the so called pundits that have been queueing up to lambast us. Every single point you make is spot on. Great read mate and I hope the people who can actually change things have read it!

Posted 23:26 28th June 2010

Matthew Gospel (Chelsea fan) says...

I do agree merse that we do need an english manager but I think the state of the english national team goes a lot further than the manager. Why is it that in a country of 50,000,000 + that are football mad that we cannot keep producing quality players. You look at a country like Holland of just 5,000,000 they keep producing top quality players. We must be doing something wrong at grass roots level and in the youth teams. Look at a team like Spain and how well they keep the ball, technically far superior to any of our players and it is incredible to watch. I lost count of the amount of times that we just lumped the ball forward from the back. We need to develop the young players to become technically better so that we can compete at the very highest level. The whole system of how we develop young players needs to be looked at and i think we should mirror Spain/Holland youth set up and develop the quality players we have in this country instead of just importing foreign players into the ENGLISH premier league.

Posted 23:14 28th June 2010

Matthew Sullivan (West Ham United fan) says...

Be a bit braver Paul and highlight the real none performers like Rooney. He was so poor throughout the World Cup, and basically yes you need to defend, but you also have to score. The game has been developed so the strikers have the slight advantage, but Wayne didn't seem to take advantage at all. Also, Terry was at fault for the first goal, not just Upson. Finally, yes England were really poor, as a team and squad. However this has been the case for many years now, even when you played for them Merse. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Posted 22:58 28th June 2010

Leon Dawdry (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Its time we realised that even though the premier league is the most exciting league its the not the best in terms of quality. We all thought Mclaren was bad but look what he has gone on to do and Capello has been there and done it all. All sacking Capello does is gives the players yet another excuse.

Posted 22:47 28th June 2010

Sean Callaghan (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Couldn't agree more Merse. We made a young, weak German team look like Brazil. We go on and on about the good qualifying campaign but besides the win against Croatia we didn't beat anybody of signifigance. Capello had good intentions but his stubborness regarding starting XI and tactics was frustrating at best. I'm no manager but I am a fan and even I could see areas we needed to fix. Midfield was non exitant with Gerrard on the left and Barry was not fit enough. Rooney's injury is clearly worse than we thought and it seems he was frustrated at Capello's tactics and setup. Redknapp will get the most out of the players as he understand English style of play and at times can put an arm around a player and get their confidence up...which Capello clearly cant do...The players looked happier coming off the pitch then they did walking on it!

Posted 22:12 28th June 2010

Nigel Whyte (West Ham United fan) says...

Pauls got it absolutely right ! Alan Shearer summed it up when he said that before the World Cup Capello was adamant that he wouldnt consider injured players or players who werent playing regular first team football, he did both. The buck passes upwards, bring in Harry, and quickly !

Posted 22:03 28th June 2010

David Shoesmith (Newcastle United fan) says...

The English fantasy! Out there is a saviour who will save us from ourselves. And who should we call on after 'Arry" ? Mclaren was to blame; Eriksen wouldn't let them play; Hoddle believed in faith healers; even Bobby Robson was useless. Capello's tactics wrong? Then I guess Lippi knew nothing either and ruined Italy. Before Capello played Joe Cole, Cole was the saviour. He didn't make any difference when he came on. Is Capello to blame for Rooney's disappearance, Upson's scaredness, Barry's lack of pace? Great teams don't rely on tactics; check our Brazil!! Germany beat you not on tactics, but on pace, ball control and finishing coolness. To listen to you lot, you would think Germany couldn't play. Lampards goal counts, it is a different game. That was the stroke of "luck" your team needed to get going. Sure they played badly, but that's when you are you need a little luck. Germany had all the luck. if they get similar bounces then they can beat Argentina. When the ball hit James it went in. When Lampard played the ball off Neuer it didn't. Those things work on your self belief when you are stuggling. England were tired and listless. Why? That's what we should be wondering about. Would "Arry" have cured that?

Posted 21:40 28th June 2010

Darren Behan (Ipswich Town fan) says...

Merse, there are 3 English footballers who have come out of this well. 1. Darren Bent 2. Theo Walcott 3. Joe Hart The first two didn't even play but I think they actually enchanced their long term chances not being picked. Give them a sustained go in the team. Bent needs a spell of 5 or 6 games to get settled in then watch him fly. Not 45 minutes here, 20 minutes there. Hart has to be No 1 keeper from now on. I had a debate earlier, I am pro Redknapp for England, I think he would get us playing with confidence. My jock mate reckons he has no track record. Play players in FORM..........

Posted 21:38 28th June 2010

Paul Shaw (Manchester United fan) says...

The problem is that the expectation of England has always been higher than the teams actual ability. Their record in the WC is terrible yet they are hyped up as world beaters every time. They have never won the Euro's either so to claim they are one of the best in the world is misplaced hype. It is the equivalent of Everton or Blackburn claiming they are the best side in the Premier League! England would perform better if they had a manager who was willing to make the brave decisions, play to their strengths and play players in their actual positions. It would also help if the media & fans lowered their expectations before tournaments. The Sun newspaper declared England would win the WC after the draw was made in December, that doesn't help the team it just adds pressure & expectation. That aside the Premier League needs a winter break & FIFA need to bring in the technology.......stop hiding behind bureaucracy!

Posted 21:29 28th June 2010

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