The fallout from England’s disastrous Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland continues, and one former Manchester United and England player wants to be part of the new era.
Rio Ferdinand, working as a pundit on BBC Sport throughout the tournament, has thrown his hat into the ring to work alongside the next England manager, whomever that may be.
Ferdinand hammered the performance of Roy Hodgson’s side on Monday night as they sank to a 2-1 defeat – despite going one goal up – to an extremely hard-working and organised Iceland side, and accused the now former England manager of not knowing what his best system was.
He outlined in no uncertain terms that something in the way that the England team is set up has to change, and drastically.
The former defender, who won 81 caps between 1997 and 2011, said:
“If you don’t know your best team or your best formation,you’re running into trouble,
“We had no real idea of where to run. There was no inventiveness.
“I was excited before the tournament but maybe I was led up the garden path by this team.
The Mirror have today reported that the 37 year old wants to be part of that new direction. It goes on to state that he believes that he has the experience he could bring to a coaching role, as well as the fresh ideas he could impart on the team, would make him a worthwhile member of staff for the national side.
He, like Hodgson, was placed on the Football Association commission in 2013 in order to improve the state of the English game. He was recently studying for his UEFA coaching badges as he looks to make the first tentative steps into management.
Another man who is looking to be involved in the new regime is Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, though he is thinking bigger than simply coaching.
The former striker, who retired from the national team at the age of just 29 in 2000, is looking to get back into management following his brief time in charge at Newcastle in 2009, and said live on the BBC last night that he had even approached the FA with a view to taking charge five years ago.
He has put his name forward as a candidate to replace Hodgson, though his lack of experience is surely going to count against him (and if it doesn’t, it should).