Former Wales coach Raymond Verheijen was highly critical of Hodgson…
England manager Roy Hodgson has been described as an uneducated dinosaur and incompetent by former Wales coach Raymond Verheijen, over his handling of the Raheem Sterling fitness issues.
Reports in the Daily Mail explain that Sterling returned to training at Liverpool’s Melwood base on Tuesday, where he saw his club manager Brendan Rodgers for the first time since he told Hodgson that he was feeling weary ahead of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.
Hodgson recently dismissed the need for a two-day recovery for players, but Verheijen has since said that statement showed how ‘stupid’ he is. The Dutch fitness coach who has worked closely with Guus Hiddink, waded into the furore with a withering condemnation of Hodgson’s approach.
“Another shocking example of why English managers are becoming extinct is Hodgson,” said Verheijen. “His incompetence must be frustrating for educated managers like Rodgers who travelled the world.
“According to Hodgson, there is no evidence that certain players (Sterling/Sturridge) need longer recovery time compared to other players. Firstly, 19-year-old players do not have a fully matured body yet. So for them the game demands are higher and will develop much more fatigue.
“Secondly, Sterling is not only a young but also an explosive player. They have many fast muscle fibres compared to less explosive players. Young players who develop more fatigue during the game need longer time to get rid of this fatigue otherwise they accumulate fatigue in body.
“If explosive players do not get extra recovery time and are treated in the same way as other players, they accumulate fatigue. Thirdly accumulation of fatigue due to insufficient recovery makes the nervous system slower. That is why players like Sterling need longer to recover.”
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