“The two targets I have for the England team are –
1 – to at least reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and
2 – win the World Cup in 2022.”
Gregg Dyke, Football Association, Chairman.
Targets? What is the point of having targets in sport? You can have ambition but not targets.
Sport, no matter how good a team, player or athlete, requires an element of luck.
If England were in the World Cup Final and the opposition scored a goal in the last minute, one that bounced of a defender, that would be bad luck, nothing to do with not achieving a target.
So, Gregg has a target of winning the World Cup in 2022. That means the England manager who will (maybe) take England to the 2022 World cup is currently aged 30 to 40; who is currently working as a manager in the Premier league that could take on that job?
Paul Lambert aged 44 – Malcolm Mackay, 41 – Roberto Martínez, 44 – Brendan Rodgers, 40 – Paolo Di Canio, 45 – André Villas-Boas, 35.
Take your pick.