England losing sense of perspective?
Steve McClaren has finally lost patience with the media, the media have lost all respect for the coach and England fans are rapidly losing their tempers.
What England have not done in the last week is lose a match. It’s easy to forget that when you see McClaren being so mercilessly hounded.
England played poorly against Andorra but a 3-0 victory, followed by a goalless draw in Israel on Saturday, leaves them in a decent position to qualify for Euro 2008.
McClaren was subjected to nasty abuse from the crowd at Montjuic on Wednesday and when he was asked about it at his post-match press conference the coach decided he had had enough. “Go ahead and write whatever you want,” he told reporters before walking out.
According to the Times, the atmosphere was so bad England’s substitutes were forced to retreat from the stands to the dressing room over fears for their safety. Yet there was little or no criticism of the crowd’s behaviour in Thursday’s newspapers and it was left to a thoughtful blogger at Soccerlens to give a different, less hysterical view.
So has England lost a sense perspective on this? The team are two points off the lead in Group E, in a similar position to Italy in Group B and Spain in Group F.
Roberto Donadoni and Luis Aragones have been under fire as well but they have not had to suffer anything like the abuse directed at McClaren.