Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Bungling Brigade

Bungling Brigade

It`s been nearly a week, but I still, firmly, believe there is only one thing to talk about. England. I`m not going to be negative, because after something like this, they only way is up and we have to look up. This is the first week of a three part 'special`. This week I will be looking at the men appointing the new gaffer, next week the new gaffer, and then finally, player development and player recruitment in England.

So, onto business

The men in charge of appointing the new manager all have one thing in common, of significance, The Sun had a large feature on their age last week, but that is of little significance. What they do have in common is they have little actual involvement in the day-to-day running of football. In fact, who are most of them? I`ve only heard of a few, but in full they are:

Roger Burden [Gloucestershire F.A Member]
David Henson [Devonshire F.A Member]
John Ward [Hampshire F.A Member]
Brian Mawhinney [Football League Boss]
Michael Game [Essex F.A Member]
David Sheepshanks [Ipswich Town Chairman]
Geoff Thompson [F.A Chairman]
Phil Gartside [Bolton Chairman]
Dave Richards [Premier League Chairman]
Barry Bright [Kent F.A Member]
Brian Barwick [F.A Chief Executive]
David Gill [Manchester United Chairman]

Of these 12, I`ve only actually heard of seven, but really that is irrelevant, more importantly, look at their roles. How many of those are actually 'qualified` [formally or not] to help pick the next manager of the country? In my opinion, three, the three Premiership chairman, I simply believe this because they are involved in the day-to-day running of a club and have chosen successful managers for their clubs.

There are many things that I think the members of my 'ideal` board of selectors would have, they are as follows:

1. A day-to-day role in the game:
What`s the point of Geoff Thompson or someone like him being on this board? What does he know about football, what does he know about picking a a manager? Compared to say, Phil Gartside, absolutely nothing.

Therefore, people with an actual background in the running of a professional club need to be placed on this board. I.e. football chairman, football managers, players [ex or current] and at a push, members of football club`s boards.

2. A passion for the game:
Perhaps it`s obvious to me and you, but I seriously question Geoff Thompson`s actual passion for the game, with some research I have found he was actually once a 'general manager` at a non-league club, however, outside of football he is a magistrate. Do we really need a magistrate giving his opinion on the next England gaffer? No, of course not. With a passion for the game comes the desire to appoint the best man for the job, not necessarily the most qualified, the most expensive, the biggest name, etc, etc.

3. Spare time:
Although some of the best qualified men to do this job are probably in some type of employment within football already, there are plenty outside of football who can do the job.

We need someone who gives this project their blood, sweat and tears so that the right man is eventually appointed, not someone like David Gill who is a Premiership chairman and would be splitting his time between club and country.

The men I would have on my idyllic board are:

1. Sir Trevor Brooking:
An out and out football man, you can`t dispute that, and having worked with some great managers at West Ham, I`m sure he could pick 'em.

2. Sir Bobby Charlton:
His brother was a successful international manager and he has worked for quite possibly the best managers ever.

3. Ken Bates:
He picks managers for a living, for example, Claudio Ranieri, not a bad choice it turned out. He is not afraid to speak his mind, and although Leeds chairman, spends a lot of time out of the country.

4. Graham Taylor:
A hugely successful club manager and someone with time and experience on his hands.

5. Terry Venables:
This may be controversial, but he can spot in candidates what McClaren had, and not appoint them. Finally, took us to Euro `96 Semi`s. An excellent gaffer for me.

Sadly, I doubt any of these men will get a say in the matter and that Barwick and his cronies will continue to mess things up as a hapless brigade of bunglers.

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell

Writer:wfc123
Date:Wednesday November 28 2007
Time: 8:45AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Audio - Flores Delighted With Palace Win

Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores was delighted to see Watford return to winning ways earlier today.

Stats: Palace v Watford

All the stats from Palace (1) vs (2) Watford, Selhurst Park, 13/2/16 Att: 24,564

Crystal Palace v Watford - Teamsheets!

Watford go to Selhurst Park as the visitors to Crystal Palace for the latest league match. This is a 3pm kick-off and the line ups have been confirmed.

Vital Pre-Match - Crystal Palace v Watford

Watford's impressive return to the topflight will see the us looking for a reaction to the defeat to title chasing Spurs a week ago ahead of the FA Cup tie with Leeds next weekend.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Harry Welch
Profile
KDCallanan
Profile
chrisgwfc
Profile
Colin Cowan
Profile
Alex Moore
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Palace MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes25%
Nyom0%
Prodl0%
Cathcart0%
Ake0%
Capoue0%
Watson0%
Behrami0%
Amrabat0%
Ighalo0%
Deeney75%
Sub - Abdi0%
Sub - Suarez0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 26 11 8 7 41 9
6 Southampton 26 11 7 8 40 10
7 West Ham 26 10 10 6 40 9
8 Watford 26 10 6 10 36 1
9 Stoke 26 10 6 10 36 -5
10 Everton 26 8 11 7 35 11
11 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
12 Chelsea 26 8 9 9 33 1
13 Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 32 -5
14 WBA 26 8 8 10 32 -8
15 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 28 -14
16 Swansea 26 6 9 11 27 -10
17 Norwich 26 6 6 14 24 -20
18 Newcastle 26 6 6 14 24 -21
19 Sunderland 26 6 5 15 23 -18
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Leeds United (H)
FA Cup
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 2 2016 8:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 5:30PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.David Allen1