“You must remember, it is very early in the season for our players, they have only just begun the season, and will take a while to get up to full match fitness…”
Fabio Capello, after the 2-2 Draw with the Czech republic last month.
As if it wasn’t bad enough having to watch yet another woefully substandard England performance. As if it wasn’t bad enough to watch yet another woefully substandard England performance ON SETANTA. To add insult to injury (injury to the eyes that is – watching it made my pupils itch) our intelligence was well and truly insulted with the post match interview.
According to the national manager, the reason for his charges performing so poorly was that it was early in the season. The problem with this being that it is also the excuse in the middle of the season (“We are in the middle of a very busy Domestic and European season, players are tired, with many playing in 3 or 4 competitions…” ) and again at the end of the season, when England’s abject performances are virtually always down to player fatigue (“We are at the end of a very busy Domestic and European season, players are tired, with many having played in 3 or 4 competitions”)
You see it has become apparent that the post match interview now consists of nothing but a string of excuses. And not very original ones at that. What’s wrong with just holding your hands up and saying “We weren’t very good. I’m sorry. We’ll make it better next time”? Is that so hard? Evidently, it is.
I think as (long suffering) fans of the national team, we deserve a bit of respect. Not all of us spend England games singing about German bombers, we’re not all bereft of functioning brains. So why do the management insist on treating as absolute idiots?!
Be honest. When we play rubbish, admit it and try and get it right next time. DO NOT use the same excuse after every single game. It’s bad enough having to watch rubbish. Having to listen to it afterwards is just not on.