Former England boss Graham Taylor has called for fans and pundits to support new Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson.
Taylor held the national team post for three years from 1990 but suffered greatly at the hands of the press towards the end of his reign - something which he believes undermined his authority.
And, whilst he accepts that many people wanted Tottenham's Harry Redknapp to get the job, Taylor expressed his hope that the former Liverpool tactician is given a fair crack.
Speaking at Vauxhall’s new youth project Football Mash Up, he said: “There is a small section of people who have already made their minds up about Roy.
"Harry was their lad - and he hasn't got the job. I just hope they are fair and deal with Roy in a fair way because it can have a significant effect. When we lost to Sweden, it was my second defeat in 24 games, but it meant we weren't going into the later stages.
"That is fair enough. But the way it was handled opened me up to being held responsible for everything that goes wrong. In addition, my authority with the players was diminished because it all became a big laugh. From that moment on, it was harder for me as a person to maintain the authority I had prior to it."
Reports had surfaced claiming Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was ready to demand around 8 million pounds for Redknapp as he led the bookies' odds and Taylor believes the FA was right to avoid that payout.
“Eight million pounds is a lot of money compared to the possibility of getting someone else who you feel is better suited,” he added.
Taylor went on to lament how long it took for anyone to be approached in regards to the job, but believes the squad now have a ready-made excuse for failure.
"The players and, to a degree, Roy as well, already have a reason if things don't go well," he said. "When you have that, it is surprising how well you do. There is very little time for the new manager and players to gel and know how each other work. We all know that.
"But if they don't do very well it won't be their fault. It will be the FA's fault, because the FA get blamed for almost everything. How can we expect anything? Look at the group we are in. France in the first game, then Sweden, then one of the co-hosts, Ukraine. That is not an easy group."
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