FlatCapDave wrote:Southgate wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms and celebrations by the fans either mind you, so let's not pretend now that he was always first choice with the match-going punter.
If England had gotten smacked early on in this world cup big Sam would still be getting pelters, but he'd also be getting the blame for the FA having no option but to quickly appoint a failed Championship manager.
In fact, I remember the laughter when Wenger claimed Southgate was one of a select few Englishmen who were qualified to manage to the national side back in 2007.
Were you one of them? Probably not, i couldnt have given two shits back then, also back then its possible it was the wrong call, who really knows. The options might not have suited him, today he has a young squad not so tarred with the club only mentality,
TBH i couldnt care less if the manager was 100 years old as long as his thinking is capable of adapting. Its the players at the end of the day that have to carry out the task, it is they that need the right mentality and the ability to let it sink in, get them early then the job is easier. What ever happens from now can be learnt from and built upon. They need to act and think like a team in all aspects.