Harry Redknapp is the teflon man, no one can hate him and he never gets blamed when things go wrong. When England go to Euro 2012 and inevitability perform poorly, no one would consider it to be Harry’s fault. Instead they would start looking at the players, and worst of all the FA themselves! Maybe the old guard, the likes of Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney are just not good enough anymore. However these are the players that bring in the big attendances, big sponsors and big money for the FA. These players also give the FA safe results; “England may not win with these players, but at lease we won’t get beaten badly”, is the mentality.
Maybe people would start to look at the FA and think “are they doing enough” to encourage and bring young talent through the football system. Maybe people would start to think it’s time for a change right at the top levels of the FA. But, of course, the FA could not allow this kind of thinking to occur.
Instead they have found the perfect patsy in Roy Hodgson. He seems to have a personality that fans just love to hate, at the first sight of a poor result the fans and media will already be out for his blood. Hodgson will continue to trot out in front of the cameras and deliver monotone speeches about how “we need to work on this and that” each week.
Eventually, after a few failed tournaments, Hodgson will quietly fall on his sword with dignity and the FA will find another puppet.
Don’t get me wrong, Hodgson is a great manager, but he is suited to lower end Premier League teams, such as Fulham or West Brom, where he can always exceed expectations and the fans will love him. But any job where a win is expected in every match, is not the job for Roy Hodgson.