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I had decided to give you - and myself - a break from these posts during The Euro's. My thinking was that so much can change so quickly during tournaments that snap judgements probably weren't a good idea. Sorry, I couldn't resist after last night's shambles.

I'll give you an example - Wayne Rooney. I was one of one arguing before the tournament that he had to go - not just go, but start. And start every game. So I understood Roy Hodgson, who was Rooney's biggest fan, raising an eye brow when my colleagues in the English press were outraged that he was left out of the game against Slovakia!

Having said that, I was never convinced that Hodgson wanted to start Rooney. I believe he felt it was a risk too far not to. But he took him off in the first game v Russia, as if to make a statement. Why? Rooney was our leader. Up to the point that he went off he was our best player. He was certainly our most experienced player. For me, once he'd left the field, the early signs of our inexperience were laid bare. Russia capitalised.

You see, that's the problem with youth. There's a lot of energy. A lot of excitable belief, but absolutely NO experience. That's a commodity you can't buy. England were well short in that department. Well short - and I said it from the moment Hodgson was bullied down that path by the English press.

I'm a big fan of Hodgson's - as most people know. I believe he's an honourable, decent man. I believed he had a backbone. That he was his own man. That he could make big decisions. I was wrong in nearly all of that. Decent and honourable he is, but I couldn't have been more disappointed that he started to play the 'populist' card to avoid criticism.

Here's a couple of further examples. Hodgson believed the way for England to play at these Championships was with a diamond, so that he could get two strikers up top. He went in like that in our last warm up friendly v Portugal. It didn't necessarily work, the press criticised, so he changed his mind. But he'd already decided on his personnel for France, including Jack Wilshere, who likes that system, so he was stuck.

Remember the ludicrous sight of our centre forward taking corners against Russia? Hodgson was roundly condemned for that piece of nonsense, but went public and strongly defended the decision. So, we were expecting Kane to take corners against Wales weren't we? (Actually I wasn't, and I said so before the game on beINSports). Wrong, six minutes in, Rooney was taking them. Hodgson had buckled under pressure again. He wanted to both make and keep friends.

In all the obit's I've read about Hodgson's time as England manager, one argument keeps cropping up - 'he never knew his best team'. I believe he did. He just didn't have the balls to play it and therefore he ended up with the compromised shambles that we saw at these championships.

He had to go. No question. But I'm sorry it ended as it did. He deserves better from his career than to be remembered like this.

Oh, one other example of Hodgson playing the 'populist' card - Gary Neville. I've never wavered from my view that it was impossible for Neville to work on tv - whoever it was he worked for - and also to be a coach. It was a ridiculous concept. I don't know Gary like I know Phil, but having had a conversation with Hodgson about that decision, I do know that it was made to play to the gallery. He'd seen him on tv, he felt that Gary, a United legend, would bring supportive public opinion on board his coaching team. I warned Hodgson of the dangers, and his FA PR team over a lunch in London's Oxo Tower. They didn't want to listen. Well, what a disastrous six months for Gary, who doesn't lack confidence in his own ability, nor his ability to tell everybody else what they're doing wrong. I always argued that he couldn't serve two masters - tv and football - at the same time. He simply didn't have enough time to do either job properly. Or be honest in either role. I remember him savaging David de Gea very publicly about decision making, but I've never heard a whisper about Joe Hart. How could he criticise Hart publicly one week and meet up with him with England the next? What would he have made of Hart's contribution at Euro 2016 had he been in a tv studio instead of in the bench last night?

I believe Gary to be a 'bright young thing'. I hope he continues his career in coaching. We need X-pro's like him prepared to give it a go, but it will mean him staying off tv screens. I repeat - it's one thing or the other - not both.

I've read all sorts of reasons for England's pathetic performances at 2016 - and pathetic they were. We scored just four goals - a pen, we got lucky with Vardy's v Wales, there was a scrambled winner in that same game and a set piece v Russia. Not good enough. Nowhere near good enough. 

We were second best v Wales. We didn't do enough v Russia and we ran round like half decent Championship footballers v Slovakia. We didn't scare anybody, except perhaps, ourselves.

I've always maintained that playing for England is 'scary'. It's a chore for the modern day player. Ask Gerrard's generation if they enjoyed it. No, they didn't. It's a huge burden pulling on an England shirt. It's a no win. Players don't want to do it. It's a point I put to Andrew Cole earlier in the tournament, in beINSports, because I've always argued with Andy Gray about the point. Andy can't believe that players don't want to put the jersey on. Coley agreed 100% with me. It's not a theory by the way - it's a conversation I've had with many of them. Who would want to volunteer for the hammering they get from the English media every time they play? Why do it? Why put yourself up for it? Trust me, it's going to become an increasing problem.

I don't buy into Rio Ferdinand's theory that our P Lge tires players out either. There were 140 or more from the P Lge at this tournament - how come only England's players get tired at the end of our season? Even if you believe in Ferdinand's argument,  Lallana couldn't have been tired, he wasn't a regular at Liverpool. Sterling certainly wasn't at City. Rooney had a two month break injured. Admittedly the Spurs quintet were running on empty, but surely their club colleagues wouldn't be been whilst playing for other countries? I didn't see much evidence of that.

The bottom line for me is that we've forgotten how to be English. First we wanted to follow the Dutch 'total football' experience. Then the French were the example - and more recently Spain. What's wrong with being English? What's wrong with letting youngsters 'play' the game, free from the production line coaching that drums individuality out of them? What's wrong with competition? With publishing results and tables for under 11's? What's wrong with making apprentices clean boots? What's wrong with players engaging with supporters, free from club PR machines and agents? What's wrong with learning to lose and well as win?

And what next? Well a gentleman called Dan Ashworth and his mate Martin Gregian will pick the next England manager from a place in the country called St George's Park, where we manufacture coaches to 'keep' producing the talent we saw in France. God help us.

One other thing. We love our P Lge. It's a wonderful product. It entertains people all over the world. It's a money making success like no other. But, as foreign coaches continue to turn up in their dozens to take coaching jobs that Brits could do just as well - working for foreign owners, does anyone really give a damn about the England team. It would appear not. Except England supporters it seems. Treat the public like fools and eventually you'll end up looking very foolish yourself. Ask David Cameron and the metropolitan political elite about that. 

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It'll end in tears, but what a ride Manchester United fans are in for! In fact, what a time to be a football fan in Manchester now that, arguably, the best two coaches in the world are going head to head again. 

Arguably? I've got to reserve room at the top for Carlo Ancelotti. He's a class operator. 

Anyway, not before time, United have got it right. This is what they should've done when Fergie announced he was leaving. Mourinho's job application the night that Real tipped them out of the C Lge was wrongly ignored and they've paid a heavy price. Mind you, how many of us haven't f****d up somewhere along the line?!? 

David Moyes was the right man - at the wrong time. I advocated change when it was blindingly obvious part way through that first post-Fergie season that it was going wrong. I stand by what I said, but....

I strongly believe that he was a far better option to back than LVG. His two years have been little short of a disaster - and I don't like using that word. Disasters are what happened in Munich and at Hillsbrough. In that context, the sport of football is irrelevant. 

LVG ripped the heart out of United. He changed everything that was great about them. Little things, like splitting the dining room arrangements. The senior players were kept apart from everybody else at the club, instantly causing rifts and splits. Fergie, who I have been critical of in the past, never allowed that. He knew the value of the 'family'. 

The players tired of van Gaal's rigidity and dull training routines. A 5.15 kick off would require a training schedule to fit. Why? No-one else in the league adjusted like that. It didn't bother Leicester too much last year did it? Or United in the past. 

On the pitch United were awful - passing sideways and backwards while van Gaal tried to convince us about the value of possession. Nonsense - look at Leicester's possession stats last season. 

Deep in United's DNA is a need to entertain. How many times down the years did we hear Fergie say 'we never make it easy for ourselves'. I've been at Old Trafford when the place has exploded with last minute drama. It was fantastic. 

United is a wonderful football club. I know I haven't endeared myself to supporters over the last few years with some of my calls, but I never spoke without knowledge. I felt the pain of those who love the club. It was terrible to watch it going so badly wrong. I simply pointed those things out - but was I wrong? 

After Dalglish Liverpool never got it right. Well, the current version of Graeme Souness might have had more success, but not the one that turned up trying to fight everybody. I know that feeling. I've been there as well! What I would add is that Graeme cared deeply about the club. He still does. He wanted to fix things. He needed to fix things, but not in the way he tried. 

My point in mentioning Liverpool? Theirs was terminal decline. Klopp might get it right, but it's still a long way back. United, I believe, HAVE now got it right. 

I'm wondering what version of Mourinho will turn up? The Special One? The Angry One? The Happy One? Like I said, maybe he's just The Right One.  He'll have something ready for us that's for sure. 

Whichever it is, he won't change. There will be rows, tantrums and eventually it will end in tears. But he'll win things. And he'll bring back the fun. 

Remember the first team he put together at Chelsea? What a good side they were - Duff, Drogba and Robben up top. Lampard storming forward from mid-field. Yes, Mourinho can be pragmatic, but he knows how to entertain. His Real Madrid champions did just that as well. 

I wouldn't rule out Mourinho winning the title next season! Why? Well, he knows the course. He's smarting. He'll have the ammunition. He'll want to get one over on Guardiola early on. He'll be a man possessed. 

City fans will, of course, disagree. Guardiola is just as likely to prove me wrong. He too is smarting after - by his standards - a failure at Bayern. Failure it was, however you dress it up. Winning the league and Cup there is a given. His job was to win the C Lge. He failed. 

The task at City is even bigger than the one he inherited in Munich. Agreed, trying to follow what Heynkes left was always going to be difficult. Guardiola did win titles and Cups, with a really good team. Are City anywhere near as good? No. There's a massive re-building job to be done there. OK, there is at United as well, but I think Mourinho's knowledge of our game, grounds, systems, the whole package, gives him the edge. 

What about Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs? There's a lot of activity to come yet this summer that means I'm going to delay any further views. I'll deal with all this nearer to the start of the season. Right now, its fair to say the sun is shining in Manchester. Now, there's a thing........!

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So we come to the end of the most extra-ordinary of seasons. I thought about waiting until Monday before writing - but with so little left to sort out, why wait? 

So little? Not if you're a Manchester football fan. There's the engaging battle for 4th to be sorted out this weekend. Think about that - both Manchester clubs getting excited about the race for 4th place. Oh how the mighty have fallen. 

LVG was talking this week about how it's 'unrealistic' of United fans to think that his team might be title challengers! Really? Why? That's surely the sole reason why this fading Dutch genius was brought into the club - to deliver the title? And why not after getting on for a spend of £300m?

United also announced record profits this last week. Do you know what - I'm beginning to think that we're entering a new era at Old Trafford, where simply qualifying for the C Lge is enough. United are 'new' Arsenal. 

It's for that reason that I'm pretty convinced now that LVG will survive if United can pip City for 4th. An FA Cup win would be a bonus, but I don't think it would be enough to save him. Delivering C Lge football just might. 

Can they nick 4th? Sure they can. As any die-hard City fan will tell you, if there's a team capable of cocking this up then it's City.  

In truth I'm not sure either side deserves C Lge football. I think West Ham and Southampton could justifiably argue their efforts this season should be rewarded with that prize. Both have been entertaining. Both have been adventurous. Both have been a breath of fresh air. 

United haven't always been good - but I've never looked at them and thought 'they're not trying'. Week after week I have done that with City. Their last few games have been awful. They were  inept and impotent in their C Lge semi-final v Madrid and just  plain bad in the league.

What are we to make of the Pellegrini years? The 'holistic' years? What was it - one title success, with Mancini's team, and two League Cup final wins? Sorry - simply not good enough. And what does he leave behind that Giardiola will want to work with? Not much. Still the best players are those that Mancini bought. Would you say any of Pellegrini's are worth hanging onto? No - nor me.  

I've referenced time and again that rotten dressing room. That's where to start the re-building. Clear the lot out - except Hart and Aguero. Start again. Oh how they most regret pulling the trigger on Mancini - but I've argued it here before - it was easier to get rid of a failure after three years than it might have been Mancini after three more years littered with silverware. The hierarchy at City always believed they could deliver Guardiola, it was just a question of how and when. Now his arrival comes as a huge relief - which is what they always wanted. 

So, for me, I take United to finish 4th! We'll see. Perhaps City will surprise me and put on a show? 

It'll be great to see gentleman Joe Royle back in Everton's dug out. It's an unlikely - short term - return but it'll change the mood at Goodison from toxic to turbo-charged. 

I told you Martinez would go. He lost both the dressing room - as was evident from the pathetic displays at Leicester and Sunderland - and the crowd. His philosophy was flawed - pass, pass, pass, pass...... Oops, we've let another one in. You can't score a goal Roberto unless the ball is in the opposition box - not yours. Thank goodness this tedious era of possession being 'King' is coming to and end. 

But who next at Everton? As regulars know, I'd give it to Mark Hughes. Everton is a special club, one where having had a touch of the ball is important. David Moyes was an obvious exception to that rule, but he got it. Martinez never did. 

There's a huge re-building job to be done. The likes of Osman, Barry, Jagielka and Hibbert are all over 30 now. Lukaku will leave. So will Stones. It's a big job for someone with P Lge experience and a knowledge of what's required at that club. So - it's either Moyes or Hughes for me. 

I know Rafa's people are working like mad to land it - but come on. Rafa - at Goodison? No. Anyway - I couldn't ever see him working for a 'small' club. Evertonians wouldn't have it. Nor should they. Other than living on The Wirral, what qualifies Benitez for the job? 

I do believe he might have kept Newcastle up had he gone in sooner - but so far it's just 2 wins from 9 - one more than Alan Shearer managed in his doomed reign. 

Look deeper - what has Benitez actually won since he left Liverpool? I'll tell you - 1 Italian Cup. 1 Italian Super Cup - their Community Shield - so that doesn't count. Yep - the Europa league at Napoli and Chelsea. He won the Super Cup with Mourinho's team at Inter - and then promptly got sacked. He also got sacked from the other big job he landed - at Real. He manages for himself and his cv. If I'm an Evertonian I don't want him anywhere near my club - the 'People's Club'. A family club. No thanks. 

I noticed a line last week that I'm surprised hasn't grabbed the media's attention to a greater degree. Actually - at all! Celtic are going to introduce 'safe standing' at Celtic Park next season. Is there such a thing? 

Celtic, remember, were the first team Liverpool played after Hillsbrough. That's why the story leapt out at me. Then I saw many many of the Hillsborough victims families being honoured at a special day out just two/three weeks ago. I wondered if the plans had been run last the likes of the stoic Margaret Aspinall and what she would make of them had they been? Margaret is, of course, the Hillsborough Family Support Group chairwoman. She lost her 18-year-old son, James, in the disaster. 

I'd like to hear her thoughts on 'safe standing'. I've heard all the arguments that 'safe standing' might be a lot safer than what we've got now - especially at Spurs and United, where few if anybody sits in their seat. Supporters at those two clubs aren't alone in flouting the rules and I'm aware that at United they try very hard to make people 'sit' in the seat they've bought. 

It was with good reason that Lord Justice Taylor recommended all-seater stadia after the Hillsborough disaster. We haven't had trouble since - so why go looking for it with the move to 'safe standing'? Once Celtic have done it - be sure that it's something that will creep into the English P Lge. I'm yet to be convinced that it's a good idea. Far from it in fact.