Hope & Despair, Or, Why Stuart Pearce Cannot Succeed As The England Manager


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Chris, Bedford says:

    Ian – have you ever heard of the Fog Index

  2. Sam says:

    Agree with it all, great article. Although I don’t agree with the criticism of Chris Smalling. Cahill struggles to deal with Huntelaar and clearly calls Smalling to help him out. Young looked as lethargic as a sloth in dfs and Downing couldn’t see a pass if it pulled it’s trousers down and whipped him in the face with it’s tackle. Plenty of crap looks set to go to Ukraine/Poland, including the two goal scorers. But, it doesn’t mean there’s a lack of promise in there too.

  3. elliott says:

    I thought that England managers had to follow this pattern: Despair-Hope-Grief. This game was perfect. First half is decent, then two goals down, then comeback, then give up a last second loser.

  4. Matt says:

    Exactly Elliott, proof this will be Pearce’s only game as England manager, he went through the full repertoire in one game.

    Next please…

    BTW who wrote this Ian or Mark? Sounds more like Mark to me…

  5. Dave Wallace says:

    I’m amazed the inept performance by the clearly out of his depth Wellbeck hasn’t warranted a mention in this.

  6. Jim says:

    None of this matters a jot. The point is, we had an England side without Rooney, Terry, Cole, Lampard and only half an hour of Gerrard. For the first time in about ten years, an England side we could cheer for. That’s gotta be worth plenty.

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