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We will fail and Spineless must go!

England will not be able to make it to the finals of Euro 2008 and Spineless Steve must be sacked! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from pompeyrug's poll are thoughts that I do share, particularly the Spineless Steve to go bit, but still hold out hope that we can make it.

We are not confident, only a combined 16% believe that 'yes' England will make it, but even 11% of that was a yes, but more in hope than expectation!

It is going to be increasingly hard for England to qualify for Euro 2008, even if Russia do slip up to Israel we still might not make it, although I am still hopeful that we can. I might dislike Spineless Steve, but I do not dislike him enough to be content with England not qualifying for him to be given the boot.

Things might not be looking good, but you never know...

Either way England desperately need to make a change as things are not going to get much better under Spineless Steve really are they, so it is time the FA grew a pair and did the right thing - which is sack him regardless of what happens.

Harry Redknapp has called for the FA - should they, as they ought to, replace Spineless Steve - to get 'real football people' such as himself, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger involved in selecting the next man and he is spot on, these fellas know what they are doing the FA clearly do not...

This is what Redknapp told the Sun: 'I really hope the FA are not looking for a new England manager this time next week. But, if that should be the case then please let us have some real football people making the decision.

'I do not have too much faith in the FA's international committee getting it right.

'We all know there will be a huge backlash if England miss out, and history suggests that when the team fails, the manager goes.

'Then we are all in the hands of Brian Barwick and his chums to find the right man.

'With the greatest of respect, the likes of Phil Gartside, Dave Richards and David Sheepshanks have not always got it right when selecting a new manager for their clubs. So why should we trust them to appoint the new England boss?'

What the poll asked - Will England qualify for Euro 2008?

How you voted - No - and spineless must go 54%, I do not care 26%, Yes - but I say this more in hope 11%, Yes - just... but spineless must go anyway 5%, Not sure to be honest 4%

Current Poll - The international break is a pain, but lets turn our attention to happier thoughts now, Pompey thoughts and goalscoring Pompey thoughts at that.

Benjani currently not only leads the way for Pompey in the goalscoring stakes, but also leads the way in the premier league charts, but will this remain the same come January - possibly on both counts - this is want tozopompey wants to know with this - 'who will be the clubs highest goal scorer before the January transfer window?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 15 2007

Time: 12:49PM

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Lets hope McClaren will go. if he does he will go with a payoff far in excess of his worth. His departure will hopefully also mark the end of several players international careers. Some of the U-21 side should be given a run out soon. I'm not too concerned with the nationalty of his successor (should he go?). To be honest I think most Pompey fans care more about the club than they do their country. While I'm on the subject I also think the business of making premier league clubs have quotas of English players is doomed to failure. This country has produced enough players, its just that they aren't good enough when put together in a national team and asked to obey the tactical brain that is Steve McClaren. I also don't understand why most of the U-21's are an automatic selection for Stuart pearce and yet ignored once they pass the age limit by most England managers? I feel a site poll coming on...
The Rabbi
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15/11/2007 13:23:00

if the fa want to try to redeem themselves in some way they will get rid of spineless regardless of what happens - yep it will involve a large pay off if he is sacked, but if we dont qualify - as looks likely - i was under the impression that he can be sacked without having to pay up his salary... agree with the u21 thoughts - more need to be given a chance, so we need a manager that wont be afraid to do this and isnt afraid to blood young talent and wont 'always' pick his favourites... the ignoring of the u21 stars almost makes the whole point of having an u21 side, well pointless...
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15/11/2007 13:35:00

When we fail, not if, he must be given the chance to resign with dignity, and if he refuses then sack him, and let him go to Burnley, sorry Burnley fans but he will get a job with someone wont he? He has been a disgrace and deserves the bullet. Downing, Smith,Bridge and Beckham prove how poor this man has been.
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15/11/2007 13:36:00

i would completely agree with the downing, smith and the farce that is now beckham but only in the respect that he has only just come back is the bridge inclusion wrong... lets not forget wes brown constantly being in the fold too not to mention his constant oversight of the best english keeper of the last 18 months. yep give the fella a chance to resign, if he wont - as i suspect he wont - kick him out, hopefully for burnley's sake not even to them!
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15/11/2007 13:54:00

get rid of the saggy faced creep! just look at his face! his red weird face looking for sympathy, what a loser, get a spine steve, and ten hang your neck in shame!
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15/11/2007 14:18:00

not your favourite person then Gleamer :-)
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15/11/2007 15:04:00

But will they sack him when we don't qualify? I keep hearing all kinds of people coming out to say he should stay regardless.
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15/11/2007 15:39:00

No Tracey, i reckon even the FA would find it impossible to keep him on if we did not qualify.
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15/11/2007 16:20:00

let me add to this discussion: sacking McClaren would be a blessing for England, while and appointing a (foreign) manager who would have the bo11ox to drop some of those overpaid premadonnas and play the in-form players would be a master-stroke! The spineless attribute extends all the way to the inept personnel at the FA, who have no vision how to improve the football in England and have now resorted to blaming the foreigners and asking for quotas. 35% of the players in EPL are English, and when adding the Scots, Irish, Welsh and N.Irish - goes up to a little over 50%. No professional youth academy (the arch on Wembley was more important) in the country that invented football. Well, if you can't qualify by being one of the top TWO teams in a group made of Andora, Estonia, Macedonia, Israel, Croatia and Russia - it must be the fault of the foreign players who made all that money for the FA.
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15/11/2007 16:25:00

NO, i only liked him when he played mcarone in the ufea cup, and they beat them teams to reach the final, then he scews things up and loses 4-0! now i hate him, one of the most boring characters in football, and if i had a penny for everytime I wanted to hit him, i would have a helluva lot of pennys
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15/11/2007 17:04:00

Go for the sake all of us proud to be English GO.
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15/11/2007 21:52:00

Good shout Stroage and one I totally agree with but I fear as I said before those at the FA don't have the balls to do anything about it - I can see him staying and only being sacked when we are in trouble and looking in danger of not qualifying for the World Cup.. Sad point of view I know but one that I believe will be the case ... I really hope I'm wrong
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16/11/2007 08:29:00

the simple truth is he isnt good enough to manage england - he is a very, very good coach but a bad possibly even poor manager... its sad when 'the mighty' england have to be reliant on other to qualify for a major tournament. granted the euros are probably harder to qualify for the world cup but even so - in what was a toughish group - we should have been virtually home and dry by now... the fa need to grow a pair and git rid before we slip even further off the radar...
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16/11/2007 08:42:00

so in favour of McClaren going 15, in favour of him staying 0. I'll get your coat Steve, while you pick up your (rather obscene) pay off cheque.
The Rabbi
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16/11/2007 09:12:00

I am not aware of any true supporter who wants him to stay on and lead our national team. He must be replaced as soon as possible.
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16/11/2007 11:45:00

ive spoken to alot of people on this issue and i too have never found anyone that thinks he is the wya forward... The Rabbi has sent me a couple of polls, the 1st - which will go on tonight - should tell the tale...
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16/11/2007 13:58:00

it was always a mistake appointing someone who was in Sven's FAILED team! But you have to ask who will takeover?
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16/11/2007 20:50:00

i wouldnt i know that much!
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16/11/2007 23:54:00

Tell you what Rug you couldn't do a worse job mate... Just think about it 18 months work for about five million quid.. Ok so you might get the 'odd' slating in the press but you could cope with it surely... The biggest difference would be that you wouldn't fool yourself into thinking you knew everything about the international whereas I think ur 'friend' Spineless truly believes he is the man for the job and the man that can take England forward.... Deluded or what - Rug for England I say !!
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17/11/2007 10:34:00

...... Can I do the u21's please.. I'd only ask for a couple of million a year and I could do it part time alongside my other job !!
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17/11/2007 10:35:00

when you look at it like that i think i could probably do the job - i wouldnt be 'afraid' to pick those that deserve to play and wouldnt be 'afriad' to leave the big boys out... yep, on 2nd thoughts i could do it - i will put my cv forward to the fa next week when spineless goes ;-) yep, rug for england lets get this campaign up and running!
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17/11/2007 12:48:00

u21 job? yep, sure why not its yours - actually i would like quite a few of you fellas working alongside me for england tho, but remember im 'the landlord' so i get the last say :-)
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17/11/2007 12:49:00

Mclaren will still be in charge if we fail to qualify. He was a cheap replacement for Sven and he's a Fa 'yes man'.
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18/11/2007 14:06:00


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