Sir Alf Ramsey, manager of England's international seeder team for the past eleven years, was dismissed from his job today - almost certainly as a result of England's failure to qualify for the World Cup finals in West Germany this year.
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Background: Sir Alf Ramsey, manager of England's international seeder team for the past eleven years, was dismissed from his job today - almost certainly as a result of England's failure to qualify for the World Cup finals in West Germany this year.
Ramsey, aged 54, took over England's team in 1963.
In the next three years, he moulded a new side under team captain Bobby Moore in preparation for the World Cup Finals held in England in 1966. At Wembley that year, England gained a famous victory by beating West Cermany 4-2 in extra time.
Six months later. Ramsey was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his services to sport.
But from that moment of triumph, eight years ago, England's fortunes and those of Ramsey went into a slow decline. Ramsey himself had played for England in the early post-war years and later went into management, guiding Ispwich Town to the League Championship in 1962. But his critics accused him of failing to keep up with modern tactics in soccer. Although England qualified for the next World Cup series in Mexico in 1970, they were knocked out - by West Germany. And then, in 1972. were dismissed from the European Nations Cup. But the seeds of Ramsey's downfall were sown last October when his heavily-criticised England team were bundled out of the World Cup qualifying rounds by Poland.
English soccer was sent into a state of shock and Ramsey was the centre of a storm of criticism. He was accused of failing to adopt new methods and of ignoring the claims of new players for a place in the England team.
In statistical terms, Ramsey's reign was impressive. His team won 69 of their 117 matches, drawing 27 and losing only 17. But the ones they lost were, of late, the important ones and today, Ramsey paid the penalty.
No new team manager has yet been chosen, but veteran Joe Mercer, manager of Coventry City, will act as caretaker manager for the time being.