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Avram Grant believes England can learn from Germany

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Grant thinks managers aren't given enough time to prove their worth in England (©GettyImages)
Grant thinks managers aren't given enough time to prove their worth in England (©GettyImages).

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant believes that English clubs as well as the national side should learn from the newly crowned world champions, Germany.

Germany won their fourth World Cup crown after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final, and in so ended 18 years of hurt without securing a trophy.

Indeed, they last tasted World Cup glory 24-years ago when Franz Beckenbauer guided West Germany to victory in Italia 1990, in what was to be their last honour as an individual state before reunification the following October.

Since becoming a united country Germany struggled to make their presence known on the international side and suffered a string of World Cup semi and quarter-final exits.

However after failing to get out of their group in two consecutive European Championships in both 2000 and 2004, the German Football Federation decided to go back to the drawing board in developing a plan to revolutionise football.

Millions of euros were spent on improving the state of the Bundesliga whilst thousands of youth academies were built in ensuring that the national team world have the power of hand picking the best individual players for years to come.

Despite this ground-breaking moment, born out of sheer hopelessness in 2005, Grant has praised the forward planning and patience of the German FA, who have stuck with national manager, Joachim Löw despite defeats in key matches.

Spain beat Germany 1-0 in the Euro 2008 final whilst they inflicted more heartbreak on the National Eleven two years later after knocking them out of the 2010 World Cup in the semi-finals by the same scoreline.

Germany also came up short at Euro 2012 in a tournament were Löw was expected to lead a golden generation of football-players to their fourth European championship title, but lost 2-1 to Italy in the last four.

However, Grant is convinced that Germany learnt from those painful defeats to create a footballing philosophy that enabled them to claim the world crown in Brazil.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Grant said: “We need to compliment the German Football Association. They left Jogi (Joachim Löw) to be the coach, and since 2006 they have lost every important game, finals and semi-finals.”

The former Portsmouth manager went on to say: “It was a big difference from Germany of the old days when they won titles but they stuck with his philosophy.

“Spain have a good philosophy of football and Germany have (created) a good philosophy of football over the last eight years, even when they haven’t won. This is not a typical German style since 2006, it is completely different. They are passing the ball and it is less physical and aggressive.”

The 59-year-old who spent four years as a coach in England has also heaped criticism on the way that British clubs hire and fire on a regular basis.

The Israeli manager has been sacked by the three Premier League clubs that hired him, including Chelsea who sacked him in the aftermath of their 2008 Champions League final defeat on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow.

However, he insists that it is not too late to change things as well as believing that English clubs can be more successful if they analyse the way Germany operate.

The former West Ham manager said: “In English clubs and associations, if Jogi was the coach he would have been sacked. We need to think why this has happened – it is a good message for English football. They need to decide what the philosophy of the English team is and not change it.”

Grant also stated that Germany’s World Cup win was coming after thickening their skin off the back of important defeats, whilst also suggesting that the time might be ripe for the FA to also go back to the drawing board in an attempt to go forward rather than continuously backwards.

He said: “It is not by coincidence that Germany won the World Cup after losing every important game. English football needs to do some deep thinking and then it will get better.

“The last time two English teams were in the (Champions League) final was 2008. Since then, nothing.”

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