This phrase resonates with every England fan. It's not a new thing that the FA hasn't gone with the people's choice. They always seem to choose the safe option so that they're not at fault if the risk doesn't pay off. Throughout history England managers have failed to bring silverware back to England. Minus the success of Sir Alf Ramsey, England have failed to bring anything back. But perhaps this is the fault of the FA for not choosing the people's choice.
Take this summer's debacle. Roy Hodgson was appointed England manager ahead of everyone's favourite Harry "illiterate" Redknapp. The whole country was in shock as Roy Hodgson was paraded at the England press conference. "We had no contact with Harry and Roy was our number one choice" they said. How ignorant of the FA to dismiss the views of pundits, fans and bookies of England. They'd much rather see their jobs safe than England fail at a major tournament.
The Russian Premier League is a long haul. It's 18 months long because of the enormous winter break. It started this weekend which is almost a month before most European leagues get underway. Zenit Saint Petersburg are the current champions but who will win the RPL this season?
Zenit ran away with the championship last season and nobody could catch them. Since then they have barely added to the squad but neither have they lost anyone. This shouldn't be a problem though as they haven't delved into the market for a few seasons now. They have the best defence in the league and their front six complement each other perfectly. I their opening game they walked over Amkar Perm with a 2-0 victory. It was a very comfortable victory as Amkar failed to break Zenit's solid defence. Kerzhakov scored both of the goals and his Euro 2012 performance looks to be behind him.
Manchester United won their first pre-season tour game 0:1 against South African side AmaZulu. They finish their tour of South Africa on Saturday after they meet Ajax Cape Town. They then go on to China and then Europe to finish the tour. But what did we learn from United's first game since they lost the Premier League title in May?
Jesse Lingard can break into the first team
This was Jesse Lingard's first start for United and boy did he impress. He showed that he has composure, vision and creativity. Some of the passes he made were stunning. Sir Alex must be impressed with the 20-year-old as he created a few goal scoring opportunities. Although he's not known by non-United fans, Lingard will surely make himself known if he plays in next season's Premier League. He is the perfect man to replace Paul Scholes once he retires.
Dimitar Berbatov should stay for another season
There is no way anyone can confidently say who the best passer in the World is. However a top 5 is possible to produce. The one thing that makes all of the following players great is their vision. It sets apart the average midfielders and the truly great playmakers.
He's been a vital part of Spain's three successive major tournament wins. Some say they've been the best international to grace the world of football. He's also been one of Barcelona's best players over the clubs very successful period under Pep Guardiola. He's iconic to the beautiful game as everyone knows his qualities. Critics seem to give him a tag that he's too old now and can't produce a level of football that Iniesta produces. But there are dozens of players that are older than Xavi and still producing quality football. His game might have dropped slightly but he's still one of the best players in the World.
Dimitar Berbatov released a statement on the 15th July stating "I'm no use to anyone if he's sat on the bench. It would be best for everyone if I move on." So the Bulgarian feels that his services are obsolete at United and a move would be welcomed with open arms.
Berbatov played for Bayer Leverkusen between 2001 and 2006 scoring 69 goals in 154 games. It seems a link between the two parties won't go away. Leverkusen have already signed Philipp Wollscheid and Junior Fernandes but they still lack a goal scoring machine such as Berbatov. Perhaps a move to Germany is on the cards but with Dortmund instead of Leverkusen. Lewandowski was linked heavily with United and a swap deal could work nicely for both teams. They are both 20-goals-a-season strikers and this move may snowball during the United tour as Berbatov has been named in the squad.