Aston Villaâ€™s remarkable unbeaten start to the season is footballâ€™s equivalent of Jim Bowenâ€™s â€˜look what you could have wonâ€™. England fans are â€˜smelling the leatherâ€™ of Martin Oâ€™Neillâ€™s incredible motivational power and technical know-how. Saturdayâ€™s draw with Tottenham showed that despite one Colombianâ€™s best efforts, Villa are capable of salvaging a game.
Sadly, the past couple of games suggest the national team has won the infamous â€œBFHâ€ with McLaren. The FA were after continuity following Erikssonâ€™s departure â€“ presumably, Barwick had hoped he would inherit the Swedeâ€™s lucky qualifying wins, rather than his very boring football with no Plan B.
I suppose we did have a Plan B against Croatia, the only problem was, it didnâ€™t work; and we didnâ€™t have a Plan Aâ€¦ or C.
I’m not yet calling for his head, but Bully’s Star Prize is a long way off – I can’t help thinking O’Neill would have given us a better chance.