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Martin O'Neill For England?

Martin O'Neill For England?

Right, here we go...!

England are looking unlikely to qualify for the Euro Championships next summer thanks to a poor campaign and some (most?) would say a poor manager. If we don't qualify I can't see the press or the public being very patient with Steve McClaren and the pressure on The FA would surely be too great to keep him in this golden chalice of a job?

If he goes, who would come in? Well, the two most likely names to be clamoured over once again would surely be Martin O'Neill and Big Sam Allardyce. Big Sam made no secret of the fact he wanted the job before and Martin O'Neill got as far as being interviewed.

Since then Big Sam has of-course moved to Newcastle and O'Neill has taken the helm at Villa and looks like he wants to continue to build a mostly English team using some of our home grown talent and bringing in others like Ashley Young and Nigel Reo-Coker.

He has also taken a great deal of credit for Gareth Barry's rise to the international stage recently, although to be fair part of that happy occurrence was down to injuries giving the Villa skipper the chance to show what he can do, one that he has accepted with both hands. Even in a lack-lustre England performance v Russia Barry was still in the mix, set up what should have been a sure goal for the overrated Steven Gerrard and also got back and defended well.

But surely the press won't start clamouring for a new England boss just yet?


Henry Winter, one of the more respected sports writers, had an article in The Telegraph today and I quote:

'With McClaren's days surely now numbered following this reverse and Soho Square accountants totting up the potential tens of millions lost by not qualifying, the FA must appoint a true No 1, a real leader, someone of the substance of O'Neill, currently reviving Aston Villa. O'Neill has already shown how he can improve England players with his work on Gareth Barry. He should be set to work on the 10 others'.

Would O'Neill move to the England job now he is in situ at Villa? Possibly not having been looked over before, he must also realise it is a thankless job with expectations possibly higher than the talent pool can deliver? On the other hand, all managers think they can be 'the one' to turn a teams (any teams) fortunes around otherwise they'd not be in the job. He would also not have the problem of transfer windows which appears to be a major annoyance to him and thus a possible chink in the armour?

What is certain, the FA will HAVE to take heed of public opinion this time and that might mean we once again have The FA knocking on our door to take our manager to the England fold.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday October 18 2007
Time: 12:33PM


They should have given the job to M'ON or Scholari in the first place. WTF has Mclaren ever done? Won one league cup. WOWWEEEEEEEEE. I can not support my country with this moron in charge.
18/10/2007 12:38:00
O'Neill wont be going anywhere
18/10/2007 12:45:00
MON has stated that he would not take the England job.
18/10/2007 12:54:00
There is no way in the world MON will leave for England now, He has a job to do & is a loyal Manager
18/10/2007 12:57:00
Agreed Rocky, would rather Villa got into Europe next year than England qualified for the Euro's. For 1 reason we play idiots who are not fit to wear the England shirt and for another, the FA always puts their oar in where its not wanted and tells the management who to play just to raise funds for their pockets.
18/10/2007 12:58:00
In the papers this week that Hiddink was touted for the job aswell as Scolari all before the useless McLaren. MON won't go without his backroom staff and he has a job to finish here at Villa first. Stay and become a legend or lead England and be played like a puppet.
18/10/2007 13:01:00
I don't think MON would leave the villa. He's a man with morals and goals and i don't think he'd leave the villa unless he felt he'd taken us as far as he could. If he were to leave currently, apart from selecting a group of young english talent to bring here, his legacy would not live upto the hype surrounding his arrival. I believe he's here for the long haul and would be surprised to see him leave before he was pushed out.
18/10/2007 13:05:00
Give it to Mourinho, then he can carry on his love-in's with Terry & Lampard. Urgh.
18/10/2007 13:14:00
I would give anything for Mourinho to become England manger, although Barry would be back out of the squad again.
18/10/2007 13:19:00
Who in their right mind would want the England job anyway? The way England managers are treated by our gutter press is a disgrace. Who would want that vilification brought on themselves and their family? I doubt if MON would now. Sure, if we don't qualify, McClaren hasn't done the job required and should go. The problem wasn't the defeat in Russia (no one wins there anyway) it was the poor negative performances against Macedonia and Israel (away) that cost England. I think McClaren was just starting to get things right, but made so many mistakes earlier in the campaign which has cost us. He is NOT a murderer OR a rapist, but like previous managers gets worse traetment from our scum press. We must realise ENGLAND HAVE NOT GOT GOOD ENOUGH PLAYERS. All this talk of world class players is rubbish. We have good, overhyped players, that is all, and the job with it's expectations is impossible. So, MON STAY WHERE YOU ARE! UTV
18/10/2007 13:24:00
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