NICE, France -- Wanted: Someone to turn around the fortunes of soccers most consistently underperforming international team.England was beginning its search for a new coach Tuesday after Roy Hodgsons departure following the teams latest embarrassing exit from a major tournament, this time at the hands of tiny Iceland at the European Championship.And there arent too many obvious candidates for a role often labeled The Impossible Job.Gareth Southgate, the coach of Englands under-21 team, is an early if underwhelming favorite to succeed Hodgson. Theres talk of Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew and Eddie Howe -- all current Premier League managers and all from different parts of the age spectrum.But the list of genuine contenders is short, considering that being the manager of England is usually the highest-paid coaching role in the international game. The English Football Association on Tuesday didnt rule out the possibility of a non-English replacement for Hodgson and insisted that root-and-branch reform isnt necessary.Well be looking for the best person for the job, said the FAs CEO, Martin Glenn. We need a new manager. We dont need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. There are a lot of good things that have been done.Trying to predict what course the FA will take is not easy. Since 1999, when Kevin Keegan was hired and then fired 18 months later, the FA has swayed from English to foreign coaches -- Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello, and then Hodgson.Each of those coaches brought a different approach, experience and identity to the job -- a sign of the lack of long-term planning the FA is often accused of, and which it has tried to address by building the sprawling National Football Centre in central England in 2012. It is supposed to be the base from where Englands most talented young coaches are brought through, but that will take time.Hodgsons legacy with the national team will be his two major failures at international tournaments -- the 2014 World Cup and now Euro 2016 -- but also how he brought many young players into the squad. The average age of Englands squad was the second youngest at Euro 2016.So if England wanted to have a seamless transition into the post-Hodgson era, Southgate might be the best bet.The man who famously missed a crucial penalty in Englands shootout loss to Germany in the Euro 1996 semifinals has coached one club -- Middlesbrough -- and was fired after three years, following its relegation from the Premier League.Widely seen as an FA man and one of English soccers nice guys, Southgate has repaired his coaching reputation during his three years with Englands under-21 side and led the team to a first title in 22 years at the Toulon tournament this year. He will know many of Englands current squad but the general feeling is that he lacks the knowledge and experience for such a prestigious and pressurized position as England coach.The larger-than-life Allardyce, currently the manager of Sunderland, has always wanted the England job. The 61-year-old coach has over-performed in fire-fighting roles with a number of average Premier League teams (Blackburn, Bolton, Sunderland) and deserves more praise for his tactical insight than hes often given. He is also regarded as a pioneer of analytics and stats-based thinking in English football.Big Sam, as he is known, looks to have a better chance than Pardew and Howe, who are the managers of Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, respectively, simply due to his coaching experience.And if experience is what the FA hierarchy after, they could do worse than try to entice Arsene Wenger.Criticism of the Frenchman is growing among Arsenals fan base after 20 years at the London club, and Wenger could be tempted by a first international job, perhaps the final one of his career.The FA will look to have its new man in place well in advance of Englands next match, a World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia on Sept. 4.---AP Sports Writer John Leicester contributed from Chantilly, France. Ravens Stitched Jerseys
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The fearsome puncher from hardscrabble Flint, Michigan, and the soft-spoken ex-Olympic fighter from County Wexford disagreed over everything from training methods to their relationship in the corner.They fought through it all to form a bond theyve carried into Brazil.He understands me as a fighter, and Im pretty different from all the other fighters, Shields said after a recent workout with Walsh at the Olympic Training Center. I used to tell him, `You want me to win an Olympic gold medal, just let me do what I do, OK? But then he taught me a lot of things, and Im teaching him a little bit.Walsh is the womens head coach for USA Boxing, but he essentially is in charge of the entire eight-person Olympic team. Shields success in London, along with the cachet of womens boxing in general, allowed the once-beleaguered organization to attract funding to hire the elite coach who built Irelands remarkable amateur program.But no U.S. amateur is more important than Shields, who built on her teenage dominance in London with two world championships and a Pan-Am Games gold. Now a smooth 21-year-old team leader with major endorsement deals, Shields was understandably resistant to alterations in her winning formula when Walsh arrived in Colorado Springs.I had to explain to her I wasnt trying to change her, Walsh said. What I said to her was, `What you did in London wont be good enough in Rio. Everybody has been watching you, studying you, getting better to beat you. Weve got to keep ahead of the posse. So the tools Im giving you are to make you better, so you can fight any girl at any distance in any situation.Their disagreements occurred in several areas, including their training philosophies. Shields has precise standards for her own daily workouts, and she often does extra work after practice when she doesnt feel tired enough. When Walsh tried to give her a morning off, she would show up anyway.Walsh also wanted Shields to learn different fighting sstrategies, particularly in case she needed to change her strategy late in close bouts -- something Shields hasnt experienced much in her career.ddddddddddddTheir initial interactions were perplexing for Shields, who had recently split with Jason Crutchfield, her longtime personal coach in Michigan.She recalls being surprised by Walshs screaming from the corner in the first round of their first fight together: Why do you have your hands down? Put your hands up!I have to come back to the corner, and hes like, `That was a very close round, Shields added. And Im like, `No, I won that round clearly. He wasnt used to being in my corner. Its different. So then when I won (the fight) 3-0, I said, `Coach Billy, we have to sit and watch the fight together. We sit and watch, and I said, `What was close about that? Listen, whatever you tell me to do in the corner, Im going to do, but youve got to be calm. Dont be freaking out in the corner.According to Walsh, the conflict culminated shortly before Christmas.I said, `You go home and think about it, OK? Walsh recalled. `Im going to be here until 2020. Youre going to be here for a few months. Ive got to implement the program. I want you a part of it, but here are my rules and regulations. This is what we need to be doing. So she went home, had a good think about it, came back in, and we started all over again.With Shields living in Colorado Springs over the next six months, they gradually developed the shorthand necessary for fighters and trainers to communicate. They also got to know each other outside the ring after Walsh learned about the tragic dimensions of Shields difficult upbringing from watching a documentary about her life that describes her fathers imprisonment and her mothers struggles with addiction.I went to see it and I said, `Wow, Walsh said of the film. I began to find out how she lived. Sometimes you can say things that might not be inappropriate, but could be pushing someone in the wrong way when its a very sensitive area. I had to learn on my feet.Walshs connection with Shields now appears strong, and they banter after workouts with the familiarity of old friends.When they come together in the corner in Rio, the coach and the fighter are confident they share the language to win gold again.I wasnt sure if I was going to win the battle, Walsh said. Some days I still struggle with her to win the battle, but weve been getting there and working well. Shes a different person than when I got her. 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