Becks criticises timing of Eriksson's departure
David Beckham believes last month's announcement of Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure, as England coach was ill-timed.Updated: Feb 20, 2006 15:26 IST
David Beckham believes last month's announcement of Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure as England coach was ill-timed.
"It's been decided that he is going, but it could have been done at a better time. We could have done without this, leading up to the World Cup," England captain Beckham said on Sunday.
England's Football Association made the announcement on January 23 after British tabloids published comments by Eriksson that were critical of some players and coaches. The Swede will leave when the World Cup finishes on July 9, two years before his contract was due to expire.
Beckham did not state a preference about the nationality of Eriksson's replacement.
Several newspapers are campaigning for an Englishman, such as Charlton's Alan Curbishley or Bolton's Sam Allardyce, while others wouldn't exclude a foreign coach such as Northern Ireland's Martin O'Neill or Guus Hiddink of the Netherlands.
"I think the next England manager should be someone who's going to be right for the job whether he is English or foreigner. I think the players would be happy to play under anyone if they are good for the team," Beckham said.
"But all the talk needs to stop about who's coming in because we need to concentrate on a huge competition."
The midfielder said he wants to continue as captain under England's next coach.
"Whoever comes in as England manager it is up to him to pick the new captain, but at the end of the day I'm not going to give it up easily," Beckham said. "There are the European championships to come and then maybe another World Cup."
First Published: Feb 20, 2006 15:26 IST