Re the footy - why did MacLaren think that he still had a job after England lost?
He didn't. But if he resigned he wouldn't have got his massive payout. And being sacked with 33 months left on your contract = £££££££££££££££££££££££££.
I'm with Iain though. If he had any dignity at all he would have stood up and said "sorry, I got it wrong and I'm standing down."
I'm not quite with Iain on his English football view though. Don't confuse the English premiership with the English national team, because unfortunately they are no longer the same thing. The national team - yes. Absolutely awful. Boring, no skill involved and all long ball and play to not lose tactics. This however is not the same thing as the English premiership. At least not if you watch Arsenal or Manchester United every week. Iain, you sound like you watch football from many different leagues and countries. Tell me seriously who on this planet is better to watch than Arsenal in top form. Yes you do get some sh*t stuff in the Premiership if you, but to be fair, every league has its Bolton, Sunderland and Derby County. Lot's of people all around the world watch the premiership and support Man Utd or Arsenal or even Chelsea or Liverpool because it's f**king good to watch. And what's great to see is there's more smaller clubs such as Man City, Blackburn, Portsmouth etc starting to have a go and play some really nice stuff too.
You say success at the highest level is the mark of how good you are and I certainly agree. The highest level in European football is the Champions League. Over the last few years there has regularly been at least 1 premiership side in the semi finals, and were there not 3 in last season's semis? There has been a premiership team in the last 3 finals too. And it would be a bit of a shock not to have 4 in the quarter finals. Yes, they consist mostly of foreign players, but they do hail from the English premiership which is what you say isn't much good. And that's not to mention recent success of some of the less fancied clubs like Spurs and Middlesborough in the UEFA Cup.
So yes, the English style is poor at international level. But this national team style is not always the same as the premiership style.