England manager Roy Hodgson has been branded a ‘dinosaur’ for his comments and handling of the Raheem Sterling tiredness row, according to Sky
Sterling approached Hodgson before England’s game against Estonia and professed that he felt tired and not at peak form – asking to be left out of the starting line-up.
He subsequently was and after the national team boss revealed this after the game the 19-year-old has had to defend himself from a backlash of angry fans.
Hodgson then went on to then criticise the two day recovery method implemented by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and risk a further break down in their relationship – this comes after tension over Daniel Sturridge’s injury on England duty and he is yet to feature again for his club side since.
Many fans, pundits and footballers have expressed an opinion on the events and now in the latest remarks former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen, who has also had non-playing roles at Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Holland, has launched a scathing attack on the England manager – accusing him of “incompetence”.
He wrote on Twitter: “England manager Roy Hodgson once again made himself look extremely stupid. He is the perfect example of a typical uneducated English coach.
“Embarrassing to see dinosaur Hodgson questioning the fitness regime of the forward thinking manager Brendan Rodgers.
“Roy Hodgson’s incompetence must be frustrating for educated managers like Brendan Rodgers who travelled the world.”
The Dutchman, who was also responding to Hodgson’s comments that there was not much medical evidence to support the two day recovery system, did go on to explain his heated comments and how he believes Sterling should be treated.
He added: “Firstly, 19-year old players do not have a fully matured body yet so for them the game demands are higher & will develop much more fatigue.
“Young players who develop more fatigue during the game need longer time to get rid of this fatigue otherwise they accumulate fatigue in body.
“Secondly, Sterling is not only a young but also an explosive player. They have many fast muscle fibres compared to less explosive players.
“Fast muscle fibres recover slower compared to slow muscle fibres because less blood and oxygen is running through these fast muscle fibres.
“If explosive players do not get extra recovery time & are treated in the same way as other players, they accumulate fatigue in their body.”
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