There’s a big communication void between young, professional footballers and managers who are 55 years plus. It is the fault of neither.
The same theory applies to teachers and pupils. How can a 55 year old teacher understand the mind of an eleven year old? There’s a gap of two generations.
When England boss, Roy Hodgson, allegedly told a story involving Nasa, how many players understood him? None.
Nasa hasn’t really been in the news since Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 44 years ago.
Is it fair to ask someone in his sixties to understand how a 20 year old millionaire footballer thinks? No. So why do we appoint England managers who are out of touch with today’s culture?
Yes, they have coaching experience. Yes, they know the game inside out. Yes, they have the relevant coaching badges.
Unfortunately they are not au fait with a modern culture swirling with texts, tweets and facebook.
There is an answer. Appoint a management team of former players who are in their thirties.
Radical? Maybe. But this presents an opportunity to do something which goes against the English way of thinking. Why don’t we throw away the shackles of convention and be adventurous. Dare I say, take a risk.
I am not a Manchester United supporter but the Neville brothers spring to mind.