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Pearce blows his audition

March 3rd, 2012 by · No Comments · Features, Football

unbeaten...I'd best quit now.

Stuart Pearce looks destined to join a not-so-seclect group of England coaches who managed their country without success. Literally. Pearce, along with Peter Taylor and Howard Wilkinson are the only three to have not won a game while in charge of England. Of course, Pearce, unlike the other two, may get another chance, but by his own admission, it won’t be anytime soon.

It was a spirited performance from England, with a young side coming back from 2-0 down to draw level at 2-2 only for Arjen Robben, to reassert Dutch superiority in with a winner in stoppage time.

The Sergeant-Majorish Pearce had the unenviable task of assuming authority after having spent the previous four years subordinate to his predecessor, Fabio Capello. Earning the respect of established, high maintenance English internationals can’t be easy, not least when you’re the man who used to collect their bibs at the end of training.

After the defeat to Holland, Pearce was admirably candid about his limitations.

“I don’t think after that period I have the experience for the job,” he said. “All I’m doing is buying the Football Association some time.

“The full-time manager of England at this moment in time is probably somebody else, not me.”


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