End this limbo
Jeff Stelling says the FA must bite the bullet and appoint Fabio Capello's successor without delay.
Last Updated: 05/03/12 2:49pm
England remind me of the Costa Allegra - drifting around in circles with nobody taking control.
On the face of it, it wasn't a bad performance against Holland and we certainly shouldn't read too much into the result.
Adam Johnson looked threatening, there were some nice touches from Daniel Sturridge and Ashley Young picked up from where he left off against Norwich and looks to be getting back to his best.
But I always felt that Holland were treating it as a friendly - they were very half-paced at times and when they did step up the pace in the second-half they exposed our extreme defensive naivety.
Undoubtedly England missed some of their key players - including John Terry, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, who to my mind has been struggling for fitness ever since he returned to action.
But more than that I felt the display illustrated that we need a leader off the field.
I note that Sir Trevor Brooking, one of the four men charged with the task of finding England's next coach, says there is no rush to name Fabio Capello's successor but I disagree.
I'd like to know what our strategy is - because at the moment it feels like we don't have one.
If the FA's plan is to wait until the end of the season and then give Harry Redknapp (or whoever they chose) a couple of weeks to make things right, then they'd better think again!
I think they've got to bite the bullet and come to some arrangement with Tottenham that enables Harry to take over as soon as possible.
We all know that Harry has got a job to do so it may have to be on a part-time basis, but at least he can start pointing the ship in the right direction. We can't afford to be in limbo for much longer.
The next boss needs time to make sure that everything is as he would wish ahead of the Euros - on and off the pitch. It's no good giving him a few days beforehand to implement his plans.
Of course Harry - or Roy Hodgson, for that matter - has the advantage of knowing the players but whoever is appointed will need a settling in period nonetheless.
(Incidentally, there were one or two suggestions in the press that perhaps Harry ISN'T the man for the job after all following Spurs' draw against Stevenage and defeat to Arsenal. It beggars belief!)
I'm also amazed by the number of people who appear willing to write the entire Euros off and focus instead on 'two years down the line'.
People have been saying that since 1966! I'm sick of aiming two years down the line because inevitably when those two years pass, the focus shifts onto the next major tournament.
And so the cycle continues.
It's about time we start to target what's directly in front of us - the European Championships.
We may well be fourth or fifth favourites but we do have some quality players. We've got to stop being so defeatist about things.
Stuart Pearce has handled himself very well over the last week; he's spoken well, he's been dignified and he's shown passion too.
But what was he thinking about when it came to naming the captain? Can somebody tell me the benefits of naming the captain on the day of the match?
If he knew who was going to be captain, let's stop the guessing game and move on.
I thought the whole thing was an absolute joke. What's the point of Joe Hart being interviewed and asked 'are you going to be captain' when Stuart knows full well he isn't going to be? I don't get it.
I hope England pick a captain when they name their Euro squad and put an end to this farce.
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