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Odds On For New England Boss

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!?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday November 22 2007
Time: 12:02PM


It does'nt matter who will be the next manager as the talent is'nt there to put out a good team.
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.
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
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.
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.
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! :(
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.
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
22/11/2007 13:22:00
Personally don't care.
22/11/2007 13:25:00
My money is on Alan Shearer! That is just how clueless the FA are!
Ozi Gooner
22/11/2007 13:29:00
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