Big Sam Allardyce, England AwaitsDalton Harris
Firstly, congratulations to ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce for achieving the England managers role. It’s a tough role to take on as seen with the lack of England’s success in recent years even with several top players at their disposal.
I mean this in no disrespect to Allardyce, but was he the most convenient man for the job as opposed to the best man for the job? If you look at the managers available to the FA, there were very few talented managers with a reputation of success. Eddie Howe – too young at 38 years old as I imagine he would want to achieve further success with Bournemouth for the time being. Arsene Wenger – a proven manager with plenty of achievements to date, but had a year left on his contract at Arsenal. Steve Bruce – Another manager who has been Mr Consistent over the years and hasn’t got the dazzling image of an Eddie Howe or Arsene Wenger, but nonetheless has more than held his own with clubs in the premiership over the years with resources available to him.
Having said of this, what ‘Big Sam’ does have, and he has already admitted this himself, is man management skills and I think this is exactly what the players need. His track record has been plagued with a certain type of long ball system, which I personally hate. But, if you look closer, he has adapted to the players he has got, instead of having a pre-set style which he makes his players play.
As I’ve highlighted in previous blogs, in my opinion, the England team lack in team spirit, an identity and style that works and a ferocious passion to win. This, is something that Sam Allardyce has in abundance. In order to save a team from imminent premiership relegation, he has to be able to make the players believe they are good enough to stay in that division and galvanise those players to go the extra mile and dig in for their team mates around them.
Allardyce, has the know how and encourages the football secrets page of this website, which can only be a good thing in terms of player development and rehabilitation. “I want to look at things psychologically, and see if we can help in anyway there. I’ll look at all areas, coaching, tactics, nutrition, the whole package.” Going one step further and stating ‘the bonding of the team is exceptionally important and trying to get the group together. I want my team to have fun’.
If Allardyce can re-produce all these elements into the England camp when they arrive, then surely this results in stepping forward as a nation. He has waited 10 years since last being interviewed as the man for the England job, and now he’s got his chance. I hope that he incorporates everything from psychology to nutrition and sports science because I believe that will give the squad an edge.
However, what’s most important is that Sam re-installs a belief of the players and takes the pressure off them so they can play naturally and freely, which ultimately I find, results in you performing to a higher standard whilst enjoying yourself. Whilst, I for one, will not be heaping pressure and expectations on the England squad and manager to win the world cup, I will certainly be expecting a different type of England team to the one that travelled to the European Championships this summer.
Good luck to Sam and I hope he does well, after all if Mourinho says your good enough, you must be doing something right.