Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher believes none of the local management candidates are ready for the national team job.
Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate is the favourite, while Alan Pardew and Eddie Howe are close contenders, all simply because they’re English.
It is a time where selecting a foreign coach would be ironical in context of Brexit. Carragher has explained that even though he believes all teams should select local coaches, the rules are such that England needs the best chance and he wants former Germany and current USA coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.
“My own view is that international football should be about the best in your country against the best of someone else’s, so I had always favoured an Englishman but there can be no complaints if the FA look to a foreign coach,” Carragher wrote in the Daily Mail.
“With that in mind, I wouldn’t knock the idea of appointing Jurgen Klinsmann, who has been to a World Cup semi-final with Germany, a Copa America semi-final with the United States and knows our game.”
Then he wrote about former England captain Alan Shearer who also wants the job. Shearer only managed for eight games in his career for Newcastle, before they were relegated in 2009.
“That has not been the case, so if the FA look to cast their net further, there can’t be complaints, even from Alan Shearer, who wasted no time throwing his hat into the ring after claiming Hodgson was ‘tactically inept’.
“Shearer’s patriotism is admirable but there is more to being a successful manager than just patriotism and emotion. Shearer, after all, will remember how, after acting on emotion when Newcastle called him in 2009, he failed to stop the club he has supported all his life being relegated.”
Then Carragher went on to criticize the England players, calling them ”soft” and ”spoilt”.
“I call them the ‘Academy Generation’ because they have come through in an era when footballers have never had more time being coached,” he wrote.
“At this point I want to make it clear I am not pointing the finger at academy coaches, as others will do.
“But they get ferried to football schools, they work on immaculate pitches, play in pristine training gear every day and everything is done to ensure all they have to do is focus on football.
“We think we are making them men but actually we are creating babies.”