Yes, everyone thought Harry was a certainty for the job. No, he wasn’t the players’ choice. No, he definitely wasn’t the journalists’ choice. But the FA have decided Roy Hodgson is the man to lead England into Euro 2012 and beyond and now is the time for us as a nation to get right behind him.
Just a day after it was announced talks were taking place between the Baggies boss and the FA, an article in the Daily Mail appeared, slamming Hodgson before he had even accepted the post. How can this be right or fair on a man who is widely considered to be a real gentleman and good bloke in the world of football?
OK Redknapp is obviously a journalistic dream with Hodgson’s press conference responses slightly less newsworthy but he cannot be blamed for that. Nor can he be blamed for the FA asking him and not the Spurs boss about the post.
It is wrong and in some ways disgraceful for people to condemn our national team boss before he has even begun. There were no guarantees that Redknapp would have done any better than Roy, especially if you look at their respective CVs.
One particular tabloid has decided their approach to the man with the biggest job in English football is to make fun of his speech impediment and run their headlines as a tasteless pun about his name.
The British media obviously do play a big part in how successful the country’s manager is so who is benefiting from ridiculing and criticising a widely respected and very talented football man before he has even taken charge of an England match or picked an England squad.
Now the decision has been made I totally agree with what Hodgson said in his first interview yesterday: “Let’s hope we can get everyone behind us”. So come on football fans, let’s give our lads the best possible chance this summer and fully back the new regime. Come on England!!