Friday, October 13, 2006

Steve McClaren feeling the heat as England manager

After his side's disaster in Croatia, Steve McClaren is starting to hear calls for his head. Already, the English FA has canceled a plan trip to Seattle to watch the NFL's Seahawks play in order to study their coaching methods.

McClaren's future might just rest on friendlies England plays at the Netherlands on Nov. 15 and at home to Spain on Feb. 7. He has indicated that changes might be made ahead of these games.

"We have to use the friendlies and really get into individuals and the squad, get into what wins and what will win, so that when we get to the qualification games in five months, the approach is different," McClaren said Thursday.

More then a few commentators hope that one of those different approaches is the return of David Beckham to the roster. The removal of Becks was McClaren's statement that there was a new sheriff in town, but he might just have to swallow that pride and involve Beckham again.

If he does this and England still look like they did on Wednesday, who knows what might happen.

By the way, as the article points out, former coach Sven-Goran Eriksson only loss in 24 qualifying World Cup or Euro matches came in his 22nd match and we all saw what England thought of him.



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