Saturday, May 05, 2007
Continental Long-Ball - another update
Craig Foster was at pains to stress that it had been a “very English” contest, and remarked during the Milan v. Manchester United game the next day that he had found the earlier tie completely bereft of memorable moments. I’m inclined to agree.
But wait…aren’t we missing something here?
Both the teams in question are under the stewardship of a manager from continental Europe…as was Gerard Houllier’s horribly dull Liverpool side of some six years ago. The football they are producing may be physical, direct and short of subtlety, but who are we to hold responsible for that?
Foster has commented in the past that importing a coach means importing a culture. I would suggest that for some managers in the Premiership, it has been more a case of determined assimilation rather than any injection of new ideas.
Yet there is no desperate need for a foreign coach to start adopting a route one strategy if he is to thrive in the Premiership. Arsène Wenger has proved that beyond any doubt (as has Martin Jol).
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United also play a “very English” brand of football. But it is based on speed of movement, especially off the ball, and significant use of the wide avenues – the sort of style I’ve referred to in the past as “good English” rather than “bad English” football.
Recently, those doing the most to reinforce the stereotype of “bad English” football have been coaches from outside the British Isles.
Football wise they didn't get more English than Cloughie and as he stressed on the importance of passing the ball to the feet, "If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there."
Nah, wasn't mine. I'd be keen to read it...don't suppose you've got a link?
What's the deal with your SBS fixation Mikey, SBS knock you back in a job interview?......
Der Ball ist Rund
And you may have noticed that Valdano went on to put the blame on Mourinho and Benitez, on the grounds that they had never made it as players and therefore didn't trust players of greater subtlety.