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Stuart Pearce The Next England Manager?


Now I know we all like a good English sporting hero in the mould of Alf Tupper, 'The Tough of the Track' but come on, Stuart Pearce for England Manager beggars believe.

Wswilly3 sent us the following...

At this point please may I explain to all those under the age of 65 that Alf Tupper (as opposed to Stuart Pearce) was a character in a 1950's comic called The Wizard. Amongst other things Alf (not Stuart) scored a century against Australia in the morning and won the Olympic Marathon in the afternoon, of the same day and put his success down to a diet of fish and chips. I am sure you get the picture.

Being fair to Stuart, he was a wholehearted footballer who served Manchester City well as a player. He would also probably be the first to agree that he has more in common with the characteristics of Alf Tupper than those of a successful England football manager but stranger things have been known to happen. What then do the English press see as his major credentials?

They seem to comprise of a bulldog spirit, a missed penalty, a fairly inglorious spell as Manager of Manchester City and getting England U21's to the semi finals of a tournament before losing 4-0 in the final. He also makes a mean cup of cappuccino for Fabio Capello and knows when to say <>'si'.

Whilst at City his major managerial contribution; apart from signing an expensive Greek born centre-forward playing in Holland who was rubbish; was to be nice to all concerned including referees, opposition managers and TV reporters. It all got really tedious and was like having a politically correct, probation officer as manager or like reading a football report in the Guardian newspaper. It was all so completely sanitised and horribly in control, without saying anything of substance.

In addition there was always the reference to him being an ex-bricklayer or was it an ex-electrician, who still mucked out his wife's stables. Well that's what I most remember and I certainly don't remember much good football being played by City during his tenure. Do you?

So what about his judgement and tactical acumen? Checkmate, game, set and match; for in that area nobody could possibly argue that he has any, especially after the U21 final. We needed more strength in midfield and up front, so he subs Onuaha with another centre half, who wasn't as good and then orchestrates the complete loss of the team's shape.

'Danke schoen, Herr Pearce, zu ist ein gut man, arh wunderbar goal number drei und goal number vier. Vot fun'.

No, not even the FA could appoint dear, nice, well mannered Stuart (apart from to a fourth official at the U21 finals) to the England Manager role. Could they?






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Date:Tuesday July 7 2009

Time: 2:26PM

Your Comments

The Touchline Jester's name is already written in the stars. Mates at the top.
Johnny Baguette
he'd be an unmitigated flop - believe me!
merlin
Even Howard Wilkinson, Trevor Brooking and Old Man Howe couldn't swing that for Psycho... What was that about mates, JB?
Sindbad
agree merlin
HuddersfieldYiddo
I bet you he get's it in a couple of years Sindbad!
Johnny Baguette
When have the FA had any common sense. England would need a top class coach to get the England job. Pearce does a reasonable job for the under 21's but still has that ability to play players way out of postion and not get away with it.
Buzz Lightyear
I always thought the City job came too early in Pearce's career and that although he flopped, that there was a good manager in there which just needed time and experience to emerge. As time goes by I can't believe I ever thought anything as ridiculous! PEarce is like a rabbit caught in the headlights of a speading humvee when it comes to watching a football match and shows time and time again that he is totally clueless when things don't go his way. If Pearce ever becomes England manager I'll change my name to Jock McTavish and start supporting the auld enemy.
fifthcolumnblue
Fifthcolumnblue :Will you wear a kilt and keep your dirk in your sock as well?
Wswilly3
Alf Tupper was a comic character. As a fan of Manchester City I have respect for Stuart Pearce, both as a man and as a footballer and as a football manager. He helped City through some very hard times and I might not-- at the time --have appreciated what a good job he was doing. But he gave Academy youth a chance and has become a worthy champion of English young footballers. he is not a comic character. He has earned the respect of all people who love football. Okay. I'd be happy for Stuart Pearce as England Manager. More than happy.
Sindbad
Sorry Sinbad, Alf Tupper nwas a comic character but not a comical one. He was a sporting hero, a bulldog breed man and his stories were all about him winning on the sports field. So a comparison with any sportsman in a compliment not an insult. My article did not criticise Stuart's footballing feats only his managerial ones and the fact that somene who has won exactly zilch should be touted as an England Manager. On that basis you have got a chance!
Wswilly3
 

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