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Wenger: English For England

As soon as Fabio Capello handed in his resignation it was only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger`s name was linked with the job, admittedly in a much more diluted proportion than in times past.

Of course the name everyone wants to see as England manager is Harry Redknapp (I do, and not because I think he might do well, it will just provide some good comedy value all round) and that would be a good choice according to Arsene Wenger, if only because of his nationality.

The boss has always been in favour of national teams having managers coming from the same country.

"I have always been straight in [suggesting an Englishman should be next] - not because I think an English manager can do a better job than any foreign guy, just because you represent your country and it is better if the manager is from there. Especially in a big football country like England." He told the club's official website

"It's now down to the FA to make the right decision and you will not be surprised when I tell you I do not want to interfere with that!"

I shall have to come down on the side of Arsene on this occasion.

I`m not a massive lover of International football, indeed it takes away from the club season for the majority of the time. The major tournaments are a distraction in a footballess summer, but that`s as far as it goes for me.

International football should be about which nation produces the best players, managers and coaching staff, and as such the entire team should share at least their nationality.

I`m not one of these chest-beating, 100% En-gur-land knuckle draggers by a long shot, but if a team can be cobbled together from people from all over the globe then International football becomes even more pointless than it is in the first place.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 9 2012

Time: 4:02PM

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its true!
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09/02/2012 16:08:00

That said, the next manager could be Marcel Marceau and I really wouldn't give two craps.
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09/02/2012 16:16:00

I think this has always been a clever, political way of AW removing himself from the frame. I think he couldn't really give two *****s either.
Little Dutch
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09/02/2012 16:36:00

I'm not so sure, he genuinely seems to love football of all denominations, he's a purist. I think he means it. But then again, just a guess same as anyone else.
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09/02/2012 16:41:00

AW is right and I think he is being sincere; especially as England is a big soccer nation with 3-4 clubs in CL, in recent times, who compete in a league with a fair number of English Managers. Surely, one of them should be good enough for the National team.
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09/02/2012 17:08:00

...Not too sure about Harry though. He seems to thrive more where there is opportunity for player wheeling & dealing, with pecuniary benefits to be had; he may soon lose interest and get bored with coaching a National side :-)
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09/02/2012 17:10:00

I don't think he cares very much but I do think it's an opinion he holds sincerely -- I can't recall his exact words but he once said something like "how can I stand up & sing the national anthem from a country that's not my own?"
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09/02/2012 17:18:00

International football is definately a good thing, i love it. Maybe not as much and intensley as i love watching Arsenal but it's a different feeling when you're watching England. Perhaps the only oppurtunity these days you get (rarely) get to feel a sense of actual pride in your country. I don't think any country should have a foreign coach. If the players have to be English playing for England, the couch should also be English to manage England.
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09/02/2012 23:57:00

I love international football. Especially the Euro's (The standard is usually higher than a WC) so its bitter sweet for me that Arry is leaving us to run the national team. It will, of course end in tears for him and it's not his fault, nor Capello's. We just happen to have a poorer pool of players to chose from than Countrys such as Spain and Germany. I must say though Rocky i find it odd how you're almost suggesting to support the national side you have to be a chest-thumping idiot. I'm no fan of the international friendly but the major competitions are great, i'd hate it if it was ever scrapped in favour of some european superleague BS where we'd both be lurking near the bottom.
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10/02/2012 01:21:00

Fuikaka well said, any form of national pride is almost frowned upon these days. We've let it be hijacked by the far-right. I'd love to see Scott Parker or Stevie Gerrard lift the euro's in a few months, the country would be buzzing! There's something honest about supporting your national sportsmen from wanting Hatton to knock down mayweather to cheering on the 2012 athletes. Football if you forget the bull***** and the "knuckle draggers" is exactly the same. There are Rocky believe it or not, plenty of chest-thumping ARSE-A-NAL knuckle draggers at every home game at the Emirates.
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10/02/2012 01:32:00

As for Harry, he's probably more suited to International management than Club if i'm being honest. In general he's turned Comolli and Ramos's signings (Bale, Kaboul, Modric, Lennon, Dawson, BAE, Huddlestone) and got them playing at their full potential. His signings have been a real mixed bag with little planning from him for the future. Thankfully we have some excellent youngsters coming through or id be very worried about our side in a few years time. What he's brilliant at is getting players to perform at their best and contrary to common view he's excellent tactically. Perfect for International football. I seem to have got lost on Vital Arse so apologies, i'm off for a cleanse.
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10/02/2012 01:40:00

I hope Harry gets the job, it's the perfect fit. The current England is a team full of odious people, and Harry would be the most odious of all. He's a tax cheat and a liar, who better to lead such stand-up citizens as Wayne Rooney and John Terry?
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10/02/2012 04:09:00

g'orn 'arry me ol' china the offer's there squire, jus strike a light and take it, no risk pal, feast yer eyes on the bunse - you'll be right wedged up n all n no need to worry about those berks at the inland revenue, all taken care of geez - knarmean? you are a faaaakin football manager a'ter all, now it's time to prove it.
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10/02/2012 12:28:00

Whatever the nationality of the manager they’re onto a hiding to nothing. The English approach to the game is unsophisticated and the culture doesn’t encourage the right qualities in the players. We are merely cannon fodder for the eventually tournament winners but the national expectation is that we should be winning everything. The scapegoat, as ever, is the manager who is unerringly vilified by the media. Good luck to whoever takes over.
Sir Henry
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10/02/2012 13:34:00

I genuinly tink that the English game is at a good place. Not for the Euros but may be for the next World Cup. It might actually benifit the national team to have this shake up before this tornament. The expectation will be less on a new manager and he would be able to experiment more that Capello would've.
No 10
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10/02/2012 14:45:00

The young players coming through are much more technically gifted than we have seen before: players like Wilshere, Jones, Ox, Johnson, Walker and Redmond. Add those to players like Rooney, Young and Sturridge and you have players that are very sophisticated in there play and I think the grass rought FA stance in encouraging that sort of development.
No 10
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10/02/2012 14:48:00

Indeed there is HY and I don't like those either. I have been to England matches in the past though and the level of knuckle dragging is taken to another level. Of course I'm not suggesting all International fans are like that, but there's definately an increase.
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11/02/2012 12:13:00

No10 - Those are indeed good English players but I fear that their technical abilities would not be exploited because of the way we play the game. At grass roots level there is still too much focus in work-rate, commitment and aggression and whilst there is a place for these qualities, at the very top of the game they aren’t enough. I’m prepared to say right now that we will not win the next world cup and probably not the one after that either. By the way, I would be very pleased to be proved wrong!
Sir Henry
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