Jason Burt – The Telegraph, 7/5/2014
It is sad to say but England, again, are behind the curve. And not just with the appointment of Roy Hodgson but with his predecessor Fabio Capello. The conservative approach has gone out of the window. Now coaches are bolder, often younger, and certainly more energised. It is no coincidence that England (Hodgson), Russia (Capello) and Spain (Vicente del Bosque) all bombed in Brazil.
The idea that being a national team coach is for a manager in the twilight of his career and one who is about man-management rather than working the players on the training ground is now redundant. It is not necessarily an age thing but it is about the mindset.
The myth that coaches do not have to enough time to work with the players on tactics has also been exposed by the likes of Chile’s Jorge Sampaoli and Mexico’s Miguel Herrera, USA’s Jürgen Klinsmann and, closer to home, Germany’s Joachim Löw. Still it is clear that Löw has worked with the players, has developed tactical plans and goes at the job as if he were running a club. England, on the other hand, have Club England in name but not in approach.