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Venables says FA must investigate own organization and support players more

Venables says FA must investigate own organization and support players more

Former England coach Terry Venables believes the Football Association has to fully investigate its own organization to get the best out of the national team.
Venables spent 15 months as the assistant to manager Steve McClaren until they were both fired in November after England failed to qualify for the European Championship. He also managed England from 1993 until 1996, guiding the team to the semifinals of the 1996 European Championship.
"All parts, from the Football Association to those involved in the football itself, have to look at themselves, strip it down and see where the problems are," Venables told BBC Radio on Monday.
"But then it has to be backed. It's no good leaving players to their own devices to get results and say, 'it's nothing to do with me.' It's about saying, 'have we all done enough?' because we are all in it, and some of the answers are not particularly good, so we have to look at it."
Venables said the FA also had to make decisions that weren't necessarily popular.
"The FA has a big job on, and they have to get down to the problems because with any business, it starts with the people at the top," Venables said.
"You need big men to stand up and say 'this is not right', and 'why isn't it right'? and to get people who are prepared to say what they think without others getting upset by that."
The FA promised a "root and branch review" of its own organization when it fired McClaren and Venables. It appointed Italian coach Fabio Capello as McClaren's replacement on Dec. 14.
Venables said the players, who are extremely well paid by their clubs, still had a passion for the national team.
"I do think they care, but there are pressures such as those from the press and everyone," Venables said. "People ask why they can't do it, but they have shown they can do it. They just have to show it even more."
Venables has also coached at Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham, and Leeds in England, Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Australia national team. But he's not rushing into his next post, although he's been linked with the vacant Ireland national team job.
"I'm not planning anything," Venables said. "I've had quite a lot of interest, which is great, but I'm not in a rush, so I'm just going to wait and see. If something comes along, fine. If it doesn't, fine."


Updated : 2021-03-04 22:52 GMT+08:00