By The Coach (who is really a crypto West Ham fan!)
I have never been an admirer of Sven Ericsson. But I have to admit he learned his lesson well after managing England for so many years.
It is almost impossible to make a winning team that is based primarily on home grown footballers.
You need to add the flair and skill that is very rare in England.
Not because English boys are not capable of becoming Ronaldihnos or Messis but rather because of the way they are brought up.
They learn the hard physical game and they play square and direct football.
But they are criticised when they try to explore and develop their potential. It's the old "we are British and we do things our own way" thing.
So, Sven came in at Man City 2-3 weeks before the start of the season and managed to secure the services of great international players.
Such as Elano, Bianchi and many others which he added to the good local core of players such as a Micah Richards.
The thing is that Sven managed to do in two weeks what Curbishley failed to do in six months.
Alan couldn't keep or motivate some of our best players like Tevez, Benayoun, Reo-Cocker and yes, even Harewood, who has potential to develop into a much better striker than the ones he kept e.g. Carlton Cole.
In my book, this is a manager's failure of gigantic proportions. So, we don't really need a Director of Football to help Curbishley. We need a new Manager. And I hate to admit it; yes, perhaps one more like Sven.
As an after thought….
West Ham's match against Sunderland at Upton Park on Sunday supported what I always suspected; that Solano is in fact the best buy for Curbishley this year (ironically he came in on a free transfer).
He brings vision and fluidity in the middle of the field and he understands how to play football in a dynamic way. He is real class and the player West Ham badly need in the middle of the field.
As a West Ham sympathiser, I hope Curbs will realise this sooner than he realised that Tevez was the key man last year.
England will probably never be a world football power again
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