A glimpse into the future at football's toughest job
I spent two days at the Grass Roots Football LIVE event at the NEC last week, where I had the opportunity to speak to several of the game's top names.
One of which was former England, Aston Villa and Wolves manager Graham Taylor, always a very approachable and accommodating interviewee and somebody capable of talking the hind legs off a donkey when it comes to football.
Taylor was discussing the state of our national game and team, which led him to raise one interesting point and a potentially unenviable job in eight years time.
While it will carry great prestige, for Taylor, the England manager at World Cup 2018, should the tournament be taking place on these shores, will arguably be the toughest job ever in football.
Taylor's theory is that should England fail to lift both the 2010 and 2014 World Cup (a very likely scenario) then the pressure will start to build to intense levels ahead of 2018, even more so if the legendary finals return to these parts for the first time since 1966.
Further failure to follow the class off 66 would, according to Taylor, see the English game turn on itself. A kind of football revolution, after decades of seeing the successful domestic model (most notably the Premier League) fail to be replicated on the international stage. By then, something drastic would need to be done.
All Three Lions fans will be hoping that their wait for success doesn't get to that point, but Taylor's thoughts does make you wonder just how the England manager of 2018 could find him(or her)self under pressure like never before.
P.s. I'm now logging off work until June 21 as I prepare to be swept away by World Cup fever and therefore this blog will also be enjoying its own summer break. But be sure to leave your comments below on the above or another issue which I will address upon my return.