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The Curse of the England Managerial Post

It’s no big secret that recent managers of the English national team have enjoyed little success and it has more often than not been a move which has left a damaged reputation unable to be repaired. This has been shown through many well established managers, for example the likes of Sven Goren Eriksson and Steve McClaren have failed in the post and been left shattered in the eyes of many supporters. Neither of them have been able to re-ignite high profile careers and have not redeemed their status held prior to taking up the England manager’s post.

Now the latest to add to this line of shame is Fabio Capello, who despite early success fizzeled at the world cup and then resigned after the whole captaincy issue. With Fabio gone there is now a hunt for someone to take his place and with that the curse of failure has began to spread. The most likely candidates to take up the job were enjoying great success until their names got put at the top of the list of successors and since then it has been woes for them, their teams and the fans of those teams. I am of course talking about Harry Redknapp and Roy Hodgson.

Harry Redknapp jumped straight to the top of the list as soon as the job became available mostly because of what he has done at Tottenham. He turned them from a mid table club into one that at one point this season even threatened to be vying for the title. With that becoming more unlikely he seemed to have at least assured them 3rd place in the league. Then the dreaded curse hit… Just before the curse began to swirl around White Hart Lane, Spurs had enjoyed a draw with Liverpool and a huge 5-0 hammering over Newcastle and were 10 points clear of 4th place. Then after being held to a 0-0 draw at league side Stevenage in the FA Cup, Harry’s men were to go on a run of three straight losses in the league including a 5-2 loss to Arsenal and a 1-0 loss to Everton. This was to be the first time Tottenham had lost 3 in a row under the management of Redknapp, and even now they have only managed a further 5 points since with form finally getting back to what we saw earlier on in the season now that it appears clear he will at least stay till the end of the season. This has resulted in Spurs losing their 3rd spot to Arsenal who in fairness were on the best run of form in years but still Tottenham will be seriously rueing that their manager was ever considered for the cursed post.

Next to be put in the limelight for the post was Roy Hodgson who’s West Brom team prior to this had had three wins in a row for the first time ever in the Premier League which were as follows, 5-1 at the Molineaux which resulted in the sacking of Mick McCarthy, 4-0 win over Sunderland and 1-0 win over Chelsea causing Villas-Boas to leave. Then the media put him right into the picture for England Manager and since then the Baggies form has plumeted. Only 1 point in the last 4 matches proves that the curse is unavoidable and West Brom suffer as hopes of high finishing as slowly diminished.

So will the curse stick with these two or will it move to someone else all i know is that the curse is there and thriving.

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