" I believe I'm a better man than I was 18 months ago.
It's a failure but we move on"
Ex England Boss Steve Maclaren, responding to his sacking as England football boss.
The team despite a bumper crop of talent did not make it to Euro 2008.
There's something in Maclaren's admission
Actually there's a lot, which I'd previously trans-posted on "The Making of a Multimedia Journo".
If Maclaren were given the job or a similar one, would he fair any better?
Some societies see failure as the coat of a pariah, a person to be shunned, ostracised from any public or private office.
Others see it differently.
Failure entails we should not repeat our mistakes; once bitten. . .
We're stronger for the experience of going through the pain.
Clearly Sven Goran - the previous England boss has a chairman in Manchester City who believes that.
I put my money on Maclaren popping up in the US or Emirates, not because it's a softer touch but his collective experience may prove more receptive to those who see this one phase of his life as a valuable lesson they could use: how not to fail.
It's only when you've been through the experience that you really appreciate its mechanics