FA hesitation over England manager could be costly says Rafael Benitez

 

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes the Football Association have created a problem in not appointing the next England manager in plenty of time for this summer's European Championships.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp remains the favourite to take over the role vacated by Fabio Capello but there has been no positive movement on bringing in a replacement and it appears the new man - or a stand-in - will have just a month to prepare the squad.

Benitez does not agree with the school of thought that someone can be parachuted in to take charge of an international squad and be successful.

"I know that this is a problem," he said in relation to the search for Capello's successor.

"People say 'No, it's not important because you will have a friendly'.

"I think that it is important to know who is in charge and how he will prepare.

"He will see the players, he will talk to the players, he will be preparing mentally the players for the Euros.

"You have quality players, they have the potential, but you need an idea.

"If you have an idea, if you have a system, then they (the players) will follow the manager and they will have the belief - that is the key."

Benitez believes the structure of English football has to change in order for more technical players to emerge and allow England to be more successful at international level.

"This is not something that will happen tomorrow, you have to keep working with academies, you have to analyse the structure of the academies, that they are trying to improve, and then you have to coach them properly," he told Absolute Radio.

"Between 18 to 21 years old here you cannot play. In Spain, before it was the under-19 league or you can play in the second division.

"Here not only do you not play because you are too young or the style of football is too physical but you have to wait one or two years and you lose [out].

"We had Scott Carson (at Liverpool) and for one year he was on the bench with Leeds, so he cannot improve.

"So if you don't change this you will not improve the level of the young players."

Since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas from Chelsea Benitez has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard is keen to get back into football, preferably with an English club, but reiterated there has been no approach from the Londoners.

"People were talking and talking but at the end I didn't have any proper offer on the table," he added.

"They (Chelsea) were talking about what they want and they want to win the Champions League, all these things, so I was linked a little bit with them because of my Champions League success (with Liverpool in 2005)."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy