Now The Dust Has Settled…

So, McClaren has gone – rumour has it that he didn’t fall on his sword last night and chose to wait to be sacked the next morning for contractual reasons. Since the majority of the money going into the FA (who are likely to have to pay him severance of £2.5m, according to reports) will, somehow or other, be coming from English football supporters, let me pass on this message: Thanks, Steve. Thanks for choosing to do us all out of a seven figure sum, having bequeathed us with the most clueless national team that we’ve had in getting on for half a century. Everything that you need to know about what motivates those at the top end of English football can be encapsulated in this paragraph. While I am looking forward to the finals of the European Championships (I wouldn’t be much of a football obsessive if I didn’t now, would I?), and even taking into consideration everything that I said on here (which I will, in the long-term, stand by), I have been in a strangely despondent mood today. This despondency hasn’t been caused by England’s failure to qualify for the finals (I thoroughly enjoyed Euro 84 and USA 94, thank you very much for asking) – it is something altogether more prosaic. This isn’t merely a blip on the way to an eventual World Cup or...

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