England fans demand get Mauricio Pochettino following horror Hungary display
It's fair to say that England's 4-0 defeat to Hungary has not gone down well with the England fans, and it was their worst defeat on home soil since 1928.
Despite being hailed as England's hero over the past two tournaments, some fans are already calling for Gareth Southgate to be sacked following four underwhelming fixtures. In these reactionary times, 'be careful what you wish for' comes to mind, but it appears as though Mauricio Pochettino is being favoured as some desperate fans look for a solution.
There is still a long way to go until Qatar 2022, and with only a handful of England fixtures between now and then it would be a risky move to change manager. But following the news that Pochettino has been sacked by Paris Saint Germain, some fans are begging England to act quick.
One fan said: "If England want to win the World Cup, they’d sack Southgate tomorrow and get Pochettino." And another backed their claims, as they added: "If England are serious about the World Cup they should try get Pochettino."
One picked up on Pochettino's previous claims, as they said: "Pochettino has literally stated that he would be interested in managing the England national team and he's available." And one Tottenham fan would like to see their old boss return, as they said: "4-0 loss at home to Hungary… he has to walk or be fired.
"That's incredibly embarrassing. Not seen anything that bad. That Maguire for Saka sub was his 'Nuno' (Espirito Santo) moment. Get him gone and get Pochettino in!"
The manner of the defeat was dismal, and the fact that England have failed to score from open play in their last four Nations League matches is alarming. But after leading England to a World Cup semi-final and then the European Championship final, it's perhaps slightly harsh on Southgate.
And at the back-end of a long season, there have been multiple upsets across Europe as players are suffering from fatigue. But Southgate is keen to prove the haters wrong after he was jeered following the defeat to Hungary.
"Of course, I’ll use it as fuel," Southgate said. "Because when you have disappointment and you read negativity, you of course want to fight and prove people wrong. I’ve done that all my life, so that there’s not an extra incentive because of a night like tonight.
"I know nights like this can happen. They’re not pleasant. They’re not enjoyable. I’ve seen it with others. But they are the realities of football."
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