‘For­eigner not best Eng­land op­tion’

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THE Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion may be reluctant to hire a for­eigner as Sam Al­lardyce's re­place­ment as full­time Eng­land man­ager based on pre­vi­ous painful ex­pe­ri­ences, FA chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Glenn told the BBC yes­ter­day.

Glenn, who ad­mit­ted he had been per­son­ally dis­ap­pointed by Al­lardyce's be­hav­iour in which he ad­vised jour­nal­ists pos­ing as Far Eastern busi­ness­men about cir­cum­vent­ing the ban on third-party own­er­ship of play­ers, added the na­tional set-up had not been left in a great state when the for­eign man­agers left.

Swede Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son and Italy's Fabio Capello are the two for­eign­ers the FA have turned to with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess this cen­tury.

Eriks­son — along with Roy Hodg­son the only man­ager to have gone to three ma­jor fi­nals with Eng­land in the past 20 years — guided Eng­land to three suc­ces­sive quar­ter-fi­nals, los­ing to Por­tu­gal on penal­ties in two of them.

Capello's reign was far less har­mo­nious and in­cluded a woe­ful 2010 World Cup fi­nals cam­paign cul­mi­nat­ing in a 4-1 thrash­ing by Ger­many.

"In the past we've gone for for­eign man­agers who'd be at­tracted as they might help us win a tour­na­ment," said Glenn, who was head-hunted last year to take up the role after a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the food in­dus­try.

"They haven't maybe left the in­ter­na­tional set up in a bet­ter place.

"We want some­body there for the long term."

Glenn said one of the big­gest co­nun­drums the next man­ager faced and one that his pre­de­ces­sors had sin­gu­larly failed to re­solve is rid­ding the play­ers of their demons with re­gard to don­ning the Eng­land shirt.

"We have been very suc­cess­ful at win­ning tour­na­ments in the de­vel­op­ment teams," said Glenn.

"The un­der-21s, the un­der-19s, when we put our boys up against the best in the world we are win­ning.

"We're not trans­lat­ing that enough when it comes to the se­nior team.

"We think the dif­fer­ence is psy­cho­log­i­cal prepa­ra­tion, this fear fac­tor when you put on the Eng­land shirt.

"The man­ager we hire will re­ally un­der­stand that and will have de­tailed plans to ad­dress it."

Glenn said he ex­pected in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate (pic­tured), who im­pressed in his stew­ard­ship of the Eng­land Un­der-21 side but ruled him­self out when Hodg­son stepped down after los­ing to Ice­land at Euro 2016, to be a can­di­date.

South­gate has thus far been in charge for two 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers, Eng­land's 2-0 win over Malta and a drab 0-0 draw against Slove­nia.

The for­mer Eng­land and As­ton Villa cen­tre-back will re­main in charge for the qual­i­fier against Scot­land at Wem­b­ley on Novem­ber 11 and the home friendly with Spain four days later.

"He will al­most cer­tainly be a can­di­date. It's up to him to de­cide whether he wants to do it," said Glenn. — AFP.

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