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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.

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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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Writer:The WH Pundit
Date:Thursday November 22 2007
Time: 11:48AM


Lippi or Mourinho for me
22/11/2007 11:59:00
I think the next England manager will be based on the popular concensus of the media and the fans. They wouldn't dare make another unpopular appointment. With this in mind, the press seem to be making a very strong case for MON, so I personally think he will go.
22/11/2007 12:09:00
I think Capello is the man. He's won championships wherever he's gone, is used to dealing with enormous egos, plays a style of football that suits us and is keen on the job. Of the others on your list, none of the Englishmen are up to the task, Mourinho has already said he wants a job in Spain or Italy and has probably had enough of our Tabloid press for a lifetime, Hiddink seems happy to stick with Russia, Scolari has already turned us down and (hopefully) O'Neill is committed to Villa. I just find it difficult to imagine us being successful while we have such an inept FA. The whole structure needs binning and starting from scratch. Barwick was never the right man at the top but as long as people like Phil Gartside and Richard Scudamore get to pick the manager we are going to be *****.
22/11/2007 12:22:00
Capello for me too. Already pit some money on him.
22/11/2007 12:36:00
Capello has said he wants it but how good is his English?Could put the FA off.My biggest worry is I cant see anyone signing new contracts with such a big question mark over the managers future.
22/11/2007 12:40:00
The odds for MON seem to be getting shorter and shorter - this is worrying! Martin said yersterday that he has a duty to Aston Villa - come and say that again MON this time in the national press and draw an end to this nonsense! Lippi or Capello for me....
22/11/2007 13:22:00
Lippi would be my first choice but Mourinho would be good too.
22/11/2007 13:25:00
Oh for heavens sake bazzah - how many times a day do you want MON to say the same thing? How would you feel if your wife wanted to you to deny that you were having a bit on the side every day? I know it would make me feel like going out and doing just that! We MUST trust MON's word and wait and see. It's a bit like any other relationship - it will either work out or it won't, but you ain't gonna gain anything by keeping on picking at it to see if it falls apart.
22/11/2007 13:45:00
It would have to be Arsene Wenger or Mourinho for me. Sack Barwick. Give David Dein his job.
22/11/2007 13:46:00
I think Steve Bruce has passed up the Wigan job for England ;-o Roy Keanes comments this morning were spot on. Any manager will have to deal with the big egos.
22/11/2007 13:47:00
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