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Odds On For New England Boss

Now if I have a job to do, I try and do it to the best of my potential. If I don't achieve what I set out to do I'd hold my hands up, say 'I wasn't good enough', and let someone else have a go. That's not giving up or walking away from the issue, that's admitting you're not up to the job.

What I wouldn't do is say to the press, 'It was my responsibility to get us [England] qualified but we haven't. We have let the fans down.' and then refuse to resign because I'm waiting for the pay-off - and this is an Englishman! It's a disgrace, as was the performance and tactics last night. So he gets sacked and El Tel goes with him.

It should be the easiest job in the world. 'Have a million pounds a year and organise and motivate a bunch of talented footballers to win games FOR THEIR COUNTRY.' You'd expect them to be queuing round the block at Soho Square. Does the passion and patriotism of being English make a good manager or should look for a foreign manager again as clearly they seem to be doing a better job of qualifying?

William Hill were forced to slash their odds for Jose Mourinho to become the next permanent England manager after an overnight gamble.

PR man Graham Sharpe said, 'Jose was the only man anyone wanted to back after the match, and overnight and into Thursday over 80% of the bets we've taken have been for the former Chelsea boss'.

Hills have Mourinho at 4/1 to get the job - having quoted him at 10/1 when he left Chelsea and 11/2 prior to the England-Croatia match.

Interest for Martin O'Neill has been very strong this morning though as he's now favourite at 11/4 having been 5/1 earlier. Hill's also offer 7/1 Phil Scolari; 10/1 Guus Hiddink; 11/1 Fabio Capello; 12/1 Harry Redknapp; 12/1 Alan Shearer; 16/1 Stuart Pearce; 16/1 Allardyce; 16/1 Klinsmann; 20/1 Steve Coppell 20/1 Lippi; 20/1 Curbishley; 25/1 Wenger; 33/1 Jewell; 40/1 Steve Bruce.

*Odds are available at our betting partners Simply click the link and go to England Managers Specials

With facts, rumours and opinion merging into one on occasions like this it's hard to know who to back? What do you think? Should England be managed by an Englishman or just the best man for the job? And who is the best man for the job!?

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The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 22 2007

Time: 12:02PM

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It does'nt matter who will be the next manager as the talent is'nt there to put out a good team.
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22/11/2007 12:11:00

There is little point bemoaning the lack of opportunity afforded English players if you then appoint a foreign coach for the national team. On the other hand unless you are at the end of your career or are willing to sacrifice it on the alter of unreasonable expectation in return for a mega pay off you would have to be incredibly stupid to take it. The good thing now is that it is a low point so success may only have to be not doing as badly next time. The best man for the job is the tactically very underrated Harry Redknapp.
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22/11/2007 12:19:00

Well which manager who has a job now would want to take it? It's another nine months before the next England game, who wants to be twiddling there thumbs for that space of time?
will it ever happen
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22/11/2007 12:23:00

And why on earth would Harry want the England job with medicor players when he has a fantastic team at Pompay under no pressure from the stupid media and over demanding fans.
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22/11/2007 12:26:00

why would a foreigner want to manage this bunch of 'players'? capello said he wants the job and he could probably get us to win, but boringly. Tony Adams should get himself involved in management so maybe one day he could take the job. for me, either Pearce or Redknapp now, though really all we need is a manager who is prepared to play our strongest team and drop the supposedly big stars.
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22/11/2007 12:29:00

The one man who could win us the World Cup is Arsene Wenger. Unfortunately he is also the one man who would never take the job! :(
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22/11/2007 12:50:00

The problem in appointing a big name coach is that you then change the tactical style to whatever that manager promotes. The French have shown a more joined up approach in that players developed through their Clairfontaine academy and thoughout their youth teams are taught a consistent style of play, even if the pattern may vary depending on the opposition. This joined up approach is what we also need. Instead of lurching from Keegan to Erikson to McLaren and, for example Capello we should be nurturing a style and pattern of play much earlier. All it then needs is a coach involved in the whole strategy who can progress through the various levels much as the French have done. At the moment we seem to just be chasing rainbows and throwing pots of gold at whoever is the current fashionable name believing they can reach the end of it.
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22/11/2007 13:13:00

Mourinho is tailor made for the England job. Since England have only one player capable of occasional technical brilliance (Rooney), Mourinho's style is stoic, boring, turgid and underpinned by a sickening arrogance that his personality scarsely deserves. England and Mourinho were made for each other.
Little Dutch
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22/11/2007 13:22:00

Personally don't care.
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22/11/2007 13:25:00

My money is on Alan Shearer! That is just how clueless the FA are!
Ozi Gooner
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22/11/2007 13:29:00

Amos you are spot on. The FA should look at the French setup or for that matter Arsenal where young players are taught from the start to play the Arsenal way.
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22/11/2007 14:13:00

Capello has pretty much said yes to this job, it only remains for the FA to ask him. Mourinho or Capello would probably ensure the results in the short run.
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22/11/2007 14:13:00

What have they been looking at? The Spurs set up?!?
Ozi Gooner
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22/11/2007 14:24:00

Jose would be perfect for the lack of talent this team has. He is a master of putting a talentless, boring but winning team together. Drogba may even consider acquiring an English passport.
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22/11/2007 15:08:00

Steven Gerard is the main problem for England. He is meant to be the most complete player in the English game yet he cant keep possesion of the football or give a simple pass. He has been partnered with countless different players in CM and various formations yet MBE Stevie nevers delivers. This ego maniac gives the best example of the "headless chicken" routine. His diving last night was disgraceful yet it will never be mentioned by our Gerard loving media.
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22/11/2007 18:16:00

When you consider how well Van Basten has done for the Netherlands, the excellent work by Klinsmann and indeed Slaven Bilic, none of whom have managed at club level prior to taking the national team job, those who are calling the suggestion of someone currently taking the UEFA Pro License, clueless, are pretty wide of the mark. The idea of someone with the footballing intelligence and respect that Alan Shearer has who can play to the strengths of our game is actually far better when rationally and intelligently considered.
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22/11/2007 19:20:00

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22/11/2007 19:27:00

I think we should stop this jingoistic anti English H*rse*hit* .... a number of the world's leading international and club coaches put the likes of Gerrard and Lampard in the top 10 of players. The talent is clearly there. How it is deployed is not. The problem clearly was tactics. Croatia basically play the same formation. Everyone knows what they are doing. This chopping and changing of formations merely means Gerrard, Lampard and Barry were not sure of who was doing what or supposed to be doing. A manager, irrespective of experience, but with a clear notion of their tactics will turn it around.
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22/11/2007 19:30:00

No one better than Whinger at that IMO. Get HIM IN!
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22/11/2007 20:35:00

Steve Mclarens claim to 'footballing intelligence and respect' while working with ManU was also quite high. Its only when he paddled his own canoe that his limitations were exposed. The only basis for appointing Shearer at this stage is his celebrity. It might work and then again it might not in much the same way that Keegan for all his 'respect and footballing intelligence' didn't work. Up until now the FA has seemed far more concerned with popular choices than rationally and intelligently considered ones. As for the problem with tactics, because Lampard and Gerrard were considered such talented players tactics were far too often designed to play both of them when often it was tactically the wrong thing to do.
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22/11/2007 21:30:00

English Spur, the difference between Van Basten, Bilic, Klinssman, Rijkaard etc. and Shearer is that lot all have an undertsanding of the game of football beyond lob the ball and elbows, as well as aan intelligence above that of a foetus, Shearer does not. The other thing each of them has that he doesnt is a sense of creativity. Dont get me wrong I would love to see Alan 'Elbows' Shearer in the England job, all the more hilarity for the rest of the world.
Ozi Gooner
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22/11/2007 22:47:00

Looks like the cocks have arrived. "a number of the world's leading international and club coaches put the likes of Gerrard and Lampard in the top 10 of players." Yeah, those "world's leading international and club coaches" would most likely be their own or former teammates and coach. Lumphard and Gerrard, don't have the talents that Ronaldinho or Kaka.
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22/11/2007 23:25:00

I think it will be Mourihno, though i think he would cost a fair bit.
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23/11/2007 00:20:00

How bout this person that has not been mentioned anywhere,who`s English,that has(i think)has a very good footballing brain.TREVOR BROOKING?.With say Stewart pearce as no.2 for motivation and pride
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23/11/2007 10:27:00

Wenger in my view would never work as an international manager, certainly not for England. His strength is getting players giving and going, constantly moving and supporting each other, that comes from working with players day in day out. To take players that are used to playing a certain style and trying to coach them into that style of football is a non starter in my view, Capello for me. He's a proven winner, more importantly because of the style of play he advocates. It would not take him long to turn a team around (look at Real Madrid last season). If we don't give him or Mourinho the job (who I don't think would take it), we are mad
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23/11/2007 12:22:00

Ozi Gooner I see your point, it was well known during his playing days that Bilic was a deep thinking football man
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23/11/2007 12:25:00

It's pretty simple really. Capello or Lippi! Capello has one a trophy with every single team he's managed and isn't scared of dropping or calling players ( Beckham with Real, picked him even after he said he wont). He's also interested a job. Lippi isn't a bad replacement either. Either of them would do an excellent job for England.
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23/11/2007 15:32:00

Hiddink! He's a genius, what he did with my country (Aussie) was miraculous, and he's just done the same with Russia. With Aussie he did it with only 2 or 3 notable talents, Kewell being the best. Imagine what he could come up with if he had a host of really talented guys to work with!
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23/11/2007 22:56:00

TopSpur, Bilic may not have been the philosopher type but he is definetly more intelligent than Shearer. Listen to Elbows regurgate lowest common demoninator opinions one after the other every time he opens his mouth in public and then read/listen to an interview with Bilic, it is obvious who is the more intelligent of the two. Bilic even speaks better English than Shearer.
Ozi Gooner
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24/11/2007 05:25:00


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