Word has it that Sven is paid something like £2 million per year to manage our national team and his objective is to get England to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
In a qualifying match this week England lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland – the first time England has lost to Northern Ireland for about 25 years. Many fans are clambering for the Manager to be sacked.
Today on television Sven was interviewed and I came to the conclusion I would support him.
He came across as genuine in his beliefs about how the team should be managed and the thing that stood out most was his support for and loyalty to the players.
He also made a very powerful point that he does not have to shout and rant and rave to be successful.
His record is very successful as a manager for the last 15 years or so and I like the way he calmly retains his professionalism and will not react in a volatile way despite the goading he receives from so called ‘experts’ who have never managed a football team – indeed have probably never managed anything.
So I guess I am asking how passion can be defined in management positions.
- Do you have to be extrovert, banging tables, shouting and generally making yourself stand out?
- Or can you be passionate in the cold calm and quiet way Sven Goran Ericksson works?
The players certainly appear to be very supportive of the manager and that in my experience is often a good indicator.