Spain must sack manager Vincente Del Bosque after their horrendous World Cup campaign if they are to recover from this year’s dreadful debacle in Brazil.
The Spaniard, who masterminded their triumph at the same tournament four years ago in South Africa, has failed to improve the side since and paid the price for his overreliance on players were the magic has begun to fade.
Less than a week after being thumped 5-1 by Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands side, the former Real Madrid manager watched as his side bowed out with a whimper against an impressive and rapid Chile side, losing 2-0 at the Maracana.
Now heads will roll. Iker Casillas’ will be the first, but the likes of Barcelona midfielder Xavi and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not be far behind.
After an impressive season at Manchester United, David De Gea should have started the opening game against the Netherlands and, under the guidance of a new manager, should be the national team’s No.1 from now on.
Koke was a key cog of the Atletico Madrid machine that won La Liga last term, and is the ready-made replacement for Xavi who is expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer. He was substituted on at half time for the woeful Xabi Alonso, but failed to reverse his country’s fortunes.
Torres’ inclusion ahead of Alvaro Negredo was bizarre, given his fall from grace in recent years and his poor club form. Negredo struggled during the second half of the season for Manchester City, but still found the net an impressive 23 times in his maiden season in English football.
Del Bosque’s head however will be first on the hunting stick. He may have achieved footballing immortality four years ago, but must now be axed and his job handed to a bolder, alternative candidate.
Roberto Martinez’s glorious football at Everton will make him an obvious choice, but the Spanish Football Association should beware appointing a manager whose wish for attractive football can sometimes outweigh the need for results.
Joachim Lowe is expected to leave Germany after this year’s tournament, and the German would be an outside bet for the job. His slick, speedy way of playing is a stark contrast to the tiring passing game the world has come to expect, and would still ensure Spain keep the entertaining factor that has made them so popular.
Spanish football is now at its lowest ebb in recent memory. In sacking Del Bosque and replacing experience with youthful exuberance, they can ensure that light shines brightly at the end of the darkest tunnel.
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