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Next England manager: The contenders

By Steve Wilson
Last Updated: 10:53am GMT 22/11/2007
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Steve McClaren's failure to guide England to the European Championships has cost him his job and left England looking for a replacement to raise the national team from one of its lowest points in recent history.

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  • But who will be the latest manager to accept the poisoned chalice of 'the second most important job in the country'?

    Jose Mourinho

    England's next manager: The candidates
    Think of England: Is Jose Mourniho special enough to revive the national team's fortunes?

    Mourinho is everything that Steve McClaren is not. A habitual winner of trophies during his brief but entertaining career as a manager, notably with FC Porto and latterly Chelsea, Mourinho would bring a culture of success to the job that McClaren was unable to do.

    Suave, opinionated, strong willed and a master of using the media, the Portuguese would be a popular choice amongst England fans desperate for a passionate leader with a proven track record.

    Since leaving Chelsea earlier in the season in controversial circumstances Mourinho has stated that he is not interested in a job in England and would prefer to take over a big Italian or Spanish club. He has also said that he does not see himself as an international coach until his managerial dotage and only then with Portugal.

    However, Mourinho's ego is legendary and the opportunity to become the saviour of an ailing major nation may appeal. Would have no problem making big decisions and risking upsetting established names and has a great relationship with the Chelsea players who make up the spine of the current team.

    Odds: 7/2

    Martin O'Neill

    O'Neill is the most credible British option having made a name for himself with Leicester City, Celtic and more recently showing signs of reviving Aston Villa's fortunes. As recently as last year the Northern Irishman said: "It is one of the great jobs in football. Had it been offered then I would have been absolutely foolish to turn it down."

    Martin O'Neill

    He was interviewed for the job before McClaren was appointed but may harbour justifiable grievances with the FA for not being offered the position at that time. O'Neill is a pragmatic manager who has specialised in getting the best out of players of more prosaic talents than the squad he would inherit but his success at every club he has managed as well as international playing experience means that concern is less of a hindrance than it might be.

    His boss, Villa owner Randy Learner, has said that he would not stand in O'Neill's way if England came calling.

    Odds: 7/2

    Guus Hiddink

    The Dutch coach's stock is high amongst an English public that has grown accustomed to foreign managers getting the better of domestic ones both at home and on the international stage. He has also done what McClaren failed to do and taken an average side through qualification to Euro 2008.

    Guus Hiddink

    Proponents of Hiddink will point to World Cup success with both South Korea and Australia but this should be tempered by the fact that Korea had some generous refereeing decisions to thank for their fairytale run to the semi-finals in 2002 and the fact that in both instances he was afforded a huge amount of time to work with the respective squads, something he would be denied as England manager.

    Hiddink was credited with a tactical master stroke when his introduction of Roman Pavlyuchenko from the bench changed the game as England lost in Moscow but over the two games McClaren can claim to have won the dual on points. With Russia competing in the finals at England's expense Hiddink is unavailable until at least the end of next summer.

    Odds: 16/1

    Sam Allardyce

    Probably the best option if England was to be managed by another Englishman, Allardyce lost out to McClaren 15 months ago and expressed his displeasure at being overlooked. Plain speaking and enthusiastic, the Newcastle manager would bring an injection of blood and thunder to a side on their knees.

    Sam Allardyce

    However, doubts persist over Allardyce's tactics after he took Bolton to European qualification and a Carling Cup final on the back of a combative playing style and, though barely four months into the job, has yet to dispel them at Newcastle. The FA may also be scared off by issues arising from the Panorama investigation into football finance even though he has never been charged with any wrongdoing.

    His Englishness appears to be his greatest plus point though he is unlikely to be the preferred option.

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    We could and should play the best 4-4-2 in the world.The players know the system and we're not Brazil and never will be!It will never work trying to impose a more skillful system as our players don't have the talent.But, they do have the ability to become the most smoothly integrated TEAM on the planet providing whoever takes on the managers job sticks to this simple and WORKABLE plan and ignores any players who won't fit in.The choice of manager then becomes less important and his first task would be to interview the players individually in private to ask them why they think we lost out!!
    Posted by mick crabb on November 25, 2007 1:04 PM
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    why cant david beckham do it-he knows the players and the game!!
    Posted by michael mann on November 24, 2007 11:10 PM
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    Stuart Pearce should be the gaffer, there's an Englishman with pride and passion !! !!
    Posted by Mike on November 24, 2007 11:55 AM
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    Johan Cruyff
    Posted by robaty on November 24, 2007 8:33 AM
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    Sam Allardyce was and still is, the right choice - just look what he did with lowly Bolton with no resources. The board at Bolton are famous for being tight fisted so Sam had no money, but got the best from his players by motivation, playing them in their best positions and playing style/tactics.

    The reason he hasn't had huge sucess at Newcastle, is because of the prima donnas in the team (sound familiar ?) - when he tries to get rid, i.e. Micheal Owen, the board intervene.

    Trouble is, Allardyce won't get the job because he won't speak to the BBC since they tried to stitch him up. So, if you want to blame someone for not qualifying for Europe, blame the BBC!

    Posted by Mark Jackson on November 23, 2007 8:26 PM
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    Bring on Jose hes the man our team need the passion to win like he has.
    Posted by steve on November 23, 2007 8:14 PM
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    excuse me but the goal that did or didnt cross the line in 66 was one of two that we beat West Germany by, so that argument is flawed for a start. Also on that German note...Unified Germany have never won the world cup
    Posted by stopit on November 23, 2007 7:49 PM
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    welll i say england need a manager who is going to be brave enough to make a solid team! not put a bunch of soild players together that dont work!!I dont care how good steven gerrard is for liverpool, he obviously isnt working in the england team with lampard. English players are too confident and 4 wat...if u look at the stats they havent achieved much...wednesday was embaressing...croatia looked at home...and its very tru they shudnt have 2 be motivated, they're english arent they they shud want to win for hungry is wat they are...if u look bak at 66 wen england won the world cup the best striker was not in the england squad...because he didnt work in that team! solid team ...not a bunch of over confident players.
    Posted by lj on November 23, 2007 2:12 PM
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    Got to be O'neil. He will get the team playing the way all england fans want england to play and we will actually look forward to watching england play good attacking football. Mourinho would do a good job, but do we realy want to watch boring football?
    Posted by Chris on November 23, 2007 1:23 PM
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    firstly it needs some fresher faces in the FA board room who know more about modern footall..Then it needs a manager who can get the best out of players... wenger...o'neill...mourinho... Then it needs players who want to wear the shirt... a lot of the talk is about motivation, you shouldn't have to motivate a player to play for his country....
    Posted by Dave Hill on November 23, 2007 12:29 PM
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    Your claim that Hiddink's success in 2002 was due to "Korea had some generous refereeing decisions" is cimpletely ridiculous. The beggest beneficiary of a referring decision is England when it lifted the cup in the home soil for a goal that never crossed the line. You should be ashamed to talk about any other country's benefit from a refereeing decision. England and Korea had a firendly game just before 2002 World cupt but Enagland was lucky to draw against Korea.
    Posted by Truthteller on November 23, 2007 8:20 AM
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    what's kenny dalgleish doing at the moment?
    Posted by tonys on November 23, 2007 8:12 AM
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    Paul Jewel is the man for the job. His ability to work wonders with nothing should stand him in good stead. The players need to pull their fingers out. They're frightened of losing and need more fire in their bellies to achieve success. We need and English Manager.
    Posted by A. Jones on November 23, 2007 7:45 AM
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    Steve Wilson:Your summation of Guus Hiddink's Australian tenure is quite wrong, was employed by Soccer Australia on July 22nd 2005 as they were heading for certain disappointment in another unsuccessful World Cup campaign. The the last two qualifying matches were against Uruguay in Montevideo and Sydney in November that year,Australia prevailed and qualified for the first time in 32 years,becoming the first team ever to qualify by a penalty shoot out.Not a bad transformation in slightly less than four months (hardly a "huge amount of time") and more than enough for England as they now have all of next summer off.He also did it while he was managing PSV Eindhoven across the other side of the world.Shall I repeat the part about winning a penalty shoot out under pressure? Or shall we not worry about that any more as we can't qualify...........
    As for his teams getting favourable refereeing in World Cups, the Aussies were holding Italy in the knockout stages in WC 2006 and looked much more likely to score as Italy were tiring on 89 minutes and getting sloppy until one of them took a dive in the area and collected the first of their World Cup Oscars.So please don't be flippant about Hiddink,England could do a lot worse.The Russians would probably agree.
    Hiddink or Mourinho will do me.
    Posted by Luke O on November 23, 2007 6:37 AM
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    Get used. The english footballplayers is
    noweverdays on the same level as in any european
    team. So meet the reality and stop blame the coach
    every time. You sacked Sven, eventhough he took
    you far beyound your capacity, and now you blame
    McLaren. Save your money and face the reality.
    Posted by figge on November 23, 2007 5:48 AM
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    We aussies hate to see you poms lose so good luck in finding a new coach. You could always try cross skilling and bring some of your cricket people across to football !!!
    Posted by Paul on November 23, 2007 2:54 AM
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    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Paul Jewell. He did a great job with both Bradford and Wigan on tight budgets and he's young, fresh thinking and has a good creative football brain. The F.A. fossils are undoubtedly scared of his outspoken attitude however.
    I dont think anybody will want to take the job though as anybody in the know in football is aware that the players are overpaid, self-important, over-rated and have no pride in the shirt and no fighting St.George spirit. The managers hands are tied if the players don't have pride in the shirt. They simply aren't as good as they think and are inneffective without gifted, passionate foreign stars around them to inspire and urge them on. Even I'd look good running down the wing playing a 1-2 with Ronaldo. End of story.
    It wouldn't surprise me if they all just want to spend next June playing Golf and already have their holidays booked.
    They should be ashamed to walk down an English Street and should have their passports revoked immediately.
    Posted by HaydockChad on November 23, 2007 2:24 AM
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    "1. Roy Hodgson
    2. Glenn Hoddle
    Posted by charles turner on November 22, 2007 12:34 PM"

    charles must really hate England or be 'on' something..............
    Posted by mike c on November 23, 2007 1:55 AM
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    Wouldnt that be nice for england to have Jose's ego.
    As long as he wins games(and from chelsea, we assume so) the games we watch will either turn boring(as chelseas football) or extremely exciting !

    Posted by Ricky C on November 23, 2007 1:52 AM
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    If you want english team to be a special one, just call Mourinho.
    Like or dislike him, he's the only one up for the task.
    Posted by Macedo on November 23, 2007 1:25 AM
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    Posted by ROB on November 23, 2007 1:16 AM
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    The man for that job is:
    Quique Sanchez Flores
    Del Bosque
    Posted by Jono on November 23, 2007 12:59 AM
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    Give the job to Kermit the Frog.He couldn't be any worse the muppits the FA have picked since 1966.
    Posted by Brendan Greer on November 23, 2007 12:53 AM
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    Give the job to Roy Keane. He is hard, disciplined, and would get the best out of his selections. I agree with him that some of the England players have huge egos, especially the uneducated ones!!! Perhaps some changes at the F.A. are due as well.
    Posted by terryboy on November 23, 2007 12:51 AM
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    Stoichkov is unemployed, so is Ferario Spassov (Fero).
    Posted by Svet on November 23, 2007 12:09 AM
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    Why not ask Roy Keane of Manchester United? He's Irish, but so is Martin O'Neil. At least Keane will have a thing or two to say to our prima donnas.
    Posted by Freddie on November 22, 2007 10:44 PM
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    O'Neill is the man. And don't forget he had 10 years under Brian Clough.
    Posted by Basil Y on November 22, 2007 10:39 PM
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    It's time the FA did something positive for
    English football instaed of, excuse the pun,
    Not to be jingoistic, but we need an English
    manager to manage the English team. It worked
    in the past, up until now. McClaren was never the
    right choice...That was just plain silly. We have a
    tremendous history og legendary managers in
    our country. There are several now, who just
    need to be given the steering wheel, and be
    allowed to drive. Stop running the team by
    commitee.... English for England...At least lets try
    and salvage a little national dignity here. I'm over
    all these foreign coaches taking over our
    country's national game. We wont have a country
    Posted by Robin Thompson on November 22, 2007 9:50 PM
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    Posted by DAVID SMITH on November 22, 2007 9:31 PM
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    O'Neill is an honourable man and said this week he has a job at Villa - so hands off.

    Jose or Harry Redknapp will do.
    Posted by Craig on November 22, 2007 8:55 PM
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    Please do not put Sam in charge of the national team
    Posted by Jez Gage on November 22, 2007 8:54 PM
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    Yeah, ol' psycho gets my vote, well over Mourinho who would build his team around Lampard and bore everyone silly to boot.

    O'Neill and Pearce might make a good team.
    Posted by Quietzapple on November 22, 2007 8:08 PM
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    Why are the FA dithering about? It's obvious who has gotta be first top of the list:
    If we have to go for an Englishman:
    1) Shearer
    2) Redknapp
    3) Hoddle
    Posted by sue zanelotti on November 22, 2007 8:06 PM
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    ALex Mcleish.Or, JOseMourinhooo!!
    Posted by Ryan on November 22, 2007 7:43 PM
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    Mourinho doesn't want it. He wants club football. Please, let's not even discuss Mourinho any more.

    Let's stick with managers who want to manage a national team and have had success at the highest level. A manager with Euro experience should be high on the list.

    Forget the idea that the manager should be English. Currently, because of the dearth of top English managers, England should go after the best man for the job, no matter what nationality.

    We should admit to ourselves, finally, that England players and English managers have fallen behind other nations. And not just the likes of Brazil or Italy, but countries like Croatia, Sweden, and Macedonia. Hard to believe? Look at the results.

    The other point: let's not forget that the FA should be held responsible for the current lamentable situation. The FA board should have given themselves the boot right after thsy did McClaren. Accountability for one's actions? Obviously, for them, only where it involves others apart from themselves.
    Posted by Greg on November 22, 2007 7:39 PM
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    it has to be the special one.If you can find 800million to build a stadium you might as well find the extra to pay for someone who can make a team play to their best and respect the boss.
    Posted by trevor on November 22, 2007 7:37 PM
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    O'Neill has won little in England and had comparatively gigantic resources at his disposal when managing Celtic. Villa are playing quite attactive football but they are not much higher in the table than they were under their previous managers.

    The alternative 'favourite' won two league titles after being given a bottomless pit of money and using a substantial number of foreign players. There are no Drogbas, Essiens etc in the England squad, and he would simply make everyone else change from mocking England to hating them. Public relations would be awful and the results, whilst improving in the short term, would be outweighed by the division such a figure would cause. Are there really no serious English contenders?
    Posted by David Johnson on November 22, 2007 7:36 PM
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    Hoddle should get another shot, he's probably the best manager we've had since the 60's, I think he could be instructed not to make any verbal gaffes this time. He's older and wiser and more media savvy and above all an extremely capable footballer and manager.
    For once make a footballing decision FA and choose someone with half a clue!
    Posted by chris on November 22, 2007 6:45 PM
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    English Managers are not that good of quality and if the fans wants to match their expectations go for who is the best irrespective of nationality ... pick another englishman and ul go down more than scots!
    Posted by sid hasan on November 22, 2007 6:42 PM
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    Regarding the successor to McClaren, I would like to suggest the peerless, the ineffable, Mr Bertie Voghts. He has the necessary international experience and has a track record that is beyond comparison.
    Posted by D.G. McLean on November 22, 2007 6:36 PM
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    Foreign managers are all very well for Premier League teams but not for the National Team.

    I was always suspicious of Ericsson's team selections when we played Sweden. Can you imagine an Italian, German or Frenchman being unpatriotic when selecting an English team to play their home nation's side?

    No, we need a home grown manager who can instill some spirit, pride and patriotism into our prima-donna over paid players and tell them straight that if Champions League football is their only interest and turn on then there's the door and don't come back. No matter who they are!

    I agree with other commentators that Martin O'Neill is the best option with possibly Alan Shearer as his assistant.

    Posted by Charles Crosby on November 22, 2007 6:34 PM
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    Posted by John R . Thompson on November 22, 2007 6:11 PM
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    England feels the pressure for not having top pieces to fill in two crucial positions: Keeper and Manager.
    Havin said that, Senhor Mourinho would be the appropriate choice, killing egos and bolding the team. He will most likely decline the job though.
    Then there will be two natural choices for FA: Betting on a disciplinary (but often too bossy) man (Capello) or hire a straightforward coach (O'Neil) who however never won a major international trophy.
    (I would imagine Scolari and Lippi declining the job).
    Posted by Fabio on November 22, 2007 6:11 PM
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    No doubt...please hire JOSE MOURINHO soonest possible. England will be the best team in the world if we have him as our new manager. I know everyone is agree with me. Look what he's done for Chelsea?
    Posted by Eddie Islami on November 22, 2007 5:53 PM
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    One thing is for sure: An english man can`t help you!!!!!!!The best would be a german, but we won`t want to....
    Posted by German on November 22, 2007 5:40 PM
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    i think Jose Mourinho
    he is one of the best manager in all the world,i hope he is always be a best manger in this world,


    Posted by zerian on November 22, 2007 5:27 PM
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    Martin O'Neil, Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp. Are you serious? We've just got rid of one mediocre, cliche of an England manager and people want him replaced by another. Madness. Why not throw Ron Manager into the hat while were at it?
    Jose or wait.
    Posted by Blueplanet on November 22, 2007 5:26 PM
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    Sir Clive Woodward is the man to manage the team, as he has proven that he can manage at the very highest level. OK so he isn't a footbal expert, but he is an expert manager of people which is what we seem to need.
    Posted by Lets have some real management on November 22, 2007 5:25 PM
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    please give jobto allerdyce so atleast nwcastlecan get a decent manager never mnd england!!
    Posted by john hudson on November 22, 2007 5:19 PM
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    The FA of England please don't be stupid. The right man for the job is definately JOSE MOURINHO!!!
    Posted by Eddie on November 22, 2007 5:15 PM
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    Dennis Wise would be a great choice. Done wonders for Leeds when all around were losing it. Won't take rubbish and is definitely his own man. Assistant..Alan Shearer Both passionately ENGLISH
    Posted by Brysocks on November 22, 2007 5:04 PM
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    Why not Cappello in charge on a 2 year contract with Alan Shearer his No 2?...Give an Englishman chance to learn from a natural winner and an astute manager... or even Pearce with Shearer his no 2. English through and through then so no one can complain on that score. Whoever it is the FA have to get it right and not give them a 4 year multi million pound contract only to have to pay them a fortune if/when it fails
    Posted by Neil on November 22, 2007 4:53 PM
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    While i can understand the support for Mourinho, i would like to point out Frank Lampard was one of his untouchables. This is part of the problem with the England set up,no matter how times certain individuals fail to deliver they are picked regardless. Give it to Capello his record is second to none and will drop those who do not perform.
    Posted by Dean Adey on November 22, 2007 4:50 PM
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    Mark Hughes with Tony Adams as number Two our players are far to rigid in thinking, can not think for themselves so can not adapt in a game only do as coachs tell them, the likes of Arsenal and United have players who can think for them selves and dont need a lot of coaching youcan only play 5 in middfield if players can get from box to box when was the last time Gerrard played for 90 minutes.
    Posted by Roy Bredonchel on November 22, 2007 4:46 PM
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    Ian Holloway??? He's available to jump ship...
    Posted by David Saunders on November 22, 2007 4:45 PM
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    cometh the moment, cometh the man
    Come on Jose
    Posted by Phil Russell on November 22, 2007 4:39 PM
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    Passionate, quick-thinking, articulate, strategist, proven winner, his own man, genuine, humble, British...
    It has to be O'Neill every time.
    Posted by John on November 22, 2007 4:35 PM
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    Jose Mourinho would be my first choice.My second choice would be Andy Robinson.
    Posted by banachech on November 22, 2007 4:35 PM
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    McLaren was not a successful club manager why should he have been a successful national manager? Perhaps the FA committee should resign, their track record of selecting successful managers is woefull.Success breeds success failure breeds more failure.That leaves Ferguson then !
    Posted by rob stephenson on November 22, 2007 4:17 PM
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    Quite why anyone would actually want to be England manager is beyond me. A poisoned chalice if ever there was one...
    Posted by norman on November 22, 2007 4:11 PM
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    Scolari is "tactically astute"? Which Scolari is this? Not the one who currently manages my country national team that's for sure! If you look at Portugal qualifying, you'll see that we didn't win a single game against the teams running agains us. Do us a favor and take him now and maybe we can persuade Mourinho to coach us during the Euro!

    England needs a foreign coach. Lippi or Capello are the best choice available.
    Posted by Bruno Ribeiro on November 22, 2007 4:08 PM
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    you cant be serious about coppell for england.and since when are lita and sidwell big players???
    Posted by sam on November 22, 2007 4:07 PM
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    we need mourinho,lippi or bilic.
    Posted by sam on November 22, 2007 4:06 PM
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    Jose is the most successful manager trophy wise in the last 6 years. He knows the English players, English football. His family love London. Beg him to take the job.
    Posted by Sue Kelly on November 22, 2007 4:01 PM
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    Promote Stuart Pearce! He is the man for the job. English, passionate and doing a good job wit the U21 squad. In fact promote the U21 squad ti senior level and sack the existing shambles! :-)
    Posted by Nigel Anteney-Hoare on November 22, 2007 3:47 PM
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    There are some intelligent players, and they directly contribute to their own success. However, By and large, footballers are thick. When they look over at the bench, or are getting the half-time team talk, they need to see a manager whom they can do nothing but respect.

    Dalgleish, Keegan and Souness (bear with me) had that formula in the early 90s, where they could show a player the door simply by referring to their (playing) medals. Of course you also need talent but you get the idea.

    I reckon the next England manager should have done most of the following;
    won the English league as a player at least once,
    Maybe a European Cup,
    some managerial success,
    and maybe a bit of a reputation as a firm character.

    Hoddle - He was on to something before he messed it up.
    Sven - mis-understood and basically successful.
    O'Neill - has the formula of medals, previous success and presence.
    Fergie - If United win the European Cup this season, I reckon he'd consider it, England could get a caretaker in until the summer.
    Jose - Goes without saying
    Posted by Mario on November 22, 2007 3:43 PM
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    Enland need to plan for the future and not do anything in rush. A list of managers with the credentials should be shortlisted and managers with reputation of winning and getting team work with flowing attacking football is needed. No Avram Grants, more Jose Mourinho what about Alex Ferguson or the Barca manager or Arsene Wenger, there you go, you have your shortlist.
    Posted by M Rafiq on November 22, 2007 3:14 PM
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    what about frank riijard?
    Posted by anonymous on November 22, 2007 3:03 PM
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    i think marino should be
    Posted by dani on November 22, 2007 2:59 PM
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    The dream ticket is clearly Martin Johnson with Mr Motivator as No.2. Surprised no-one has mentioned them already.
    Posted by Sam Shield on November 22, 2007 2:56 PM
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    Where's Sven when you need him!!!
    Mourinho? No thanks!!!
    Posted by Spanish Johnny on November 22, 2007 2:52 PM
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    Juergen Klinsmann.

    His World Cup 2006 campaign with Germany should give proof that he is the one to win trophies with England.
    Posted by Tyler Durden on November 22, 2007 2:52 PM
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    can i apply for the england job, i won the world cup with them on fiootball manager 2007, i also got promoted to the premiership with mk dons in 4 years.
    Posted by tom billington on November 22, 2007 2:43 PM
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    Sven Goren Eriksson.

    Only Joking. Actually I worried Steve Mc was Sven with a Mask. Now that would look better (not good mind).
    Posted by Jonathan da Silva on November 22, 2007 2:40 PM
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    Why would Jose want to come back to a Country and work for the same officials that seemed to take pleasure in boosting their funds every month by looking for ways to discipline him. The same Country where he was slated by press and opposition fans alike for his so called non exciting brand of football and where undermining the National Coach is pastime for those so called journalists in the press and media.

    Steer clear Jose. It is a poisoned chalice and you can do much better elsewhere.
    Posted by Wolfie on November 22, 2007 2:39 PM
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    Harry Redknapp or Coppell. Keep it English, for better or worse, unless Jose wants it, he's half English now
    Posted by Adrian on November 22, 2007 2:27 PM
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    Jose Mourinho is by far the best choice. He is exactly the type of manager England needs to get rid off the underachiving habit. Mourinho is a winner. People hate him because he is good. But to be a successful manager you need to have some mean bone in you.
    Posted by KC from the US on November 22, 2007 2:24 PM
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    Mourinho is the most suitable candidate, however who wants a job without a competitive match until Sep 08, so that means Shearer - let him cut his teeth
    Posted by J Jarrold on November 22, 2007 2:16 PM
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    Mourinho would instill a winning mentality, and strengthen the fraglie minds of players that are good, but lack courage, and self belief.
    Posted by Sean Carson-Brown on November 22, 2007 2:12 PM
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    It has to be Jose.....if he will take the job. The man has got charisma, strong will and a determination to succeed.

    Posted by John Howard on November 22, 2007 2:06 PM
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    O' Neil or Mourinho if not then why not someone like coppell who has reading playing good football and has proved his ability to deal with so called big names with ihis handling of lita and sidwell
    Posted by Craig on November 22, 2007 2:05 PM
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    The England fans and media with their booing and quite disgraceful levels of 'support' throughout this campaign got what they deserved with the team not qualifying, and they certainly do not deserve anyone as brilliant as Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello or Luis Felipe Scolari taking over. Who can forget the scenes in Barcelona against Andorra as the England fans screamed foul abuse at the players and management staff throughout the game. Disgusting. The England fans and media whined endlessly about Sven not being English and got rid of him as a result. And now they have whined even more about an Englishman in the job. They brought this all on themselves. Don't be fools Jose, Fabio and Luis and take on this job. It is beneath all of you!!
    Posted by Scott M on November 22, 2007 1:56 PM
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    International management is a whole different game to domestic football. Afterall Ericsson is clearly a brilliant club manager but was poor as the Nat Coach; therefore I think the job to an ex player, Pearce or preferably Alan Shearer. Why not?
    Also the players really need to be held to account for their individual performances.
    Posted by Matt McPartlan on November 22, 2007 1:47 PM
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    22 November 2007

    The scenario that I hate to see had happened. Frankly, I am not able to sleep throughout the night, thinking what would have happened if the English FA sacked Steve Mclaren before Croatia game instead of now. Till now, I still feel the pain of disappointment that England will miss Euro 2008.

    In long run, I feel that it would be good for England to miss Euro 2008 and prepare for World Cup 2010. In fact, I strongly believe that England will win the World Cup in 2010 ,provided that the following problems that England has now been solved.

    a) Appointment of the right candidate for the new England manager.
    b) Channel the attention on the youth development for England and ensure that there would be ample supply of England international coming through the rank.

    Firstly, it is the appointment of the new manager. The FA must be careful in the selection of the new manager. In my prespective, I feel that the new manager must not select the players based on the status of the club they belong. It has shown that the previous England players has been selecting the England players from the big clubs like Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea. That should not be the way. Players should be selected based on their current form. An example would be Gabriel Abodhar who has been scoring critical goals for Aston Villa, Yet, he was not selected for the England squad. There should not be bias in the team. A good manager should have Plan B should the plan A fails. Steve Mclaren simply has no ideas on what he was doing and that led to England not qualifying for Euro 2008. I have already knew that it would happen. Pls: I am not proud and gloating on England�s plight and merely stating the facts. A good manager must have the courage to drop star players whom he thinks are not performing to the standard. An example would be Louis Fippe Scolari who dared to drop star players regardless of whom they were. The manager must choose players who are hardworking and fight all the way to the end. England has been showing defensive football whenever they are in the lead or going for the draw like the Croatia game. I must state that by playing defensive football and allow the opponents to seize the initiative is suicidal and first step to defeat. England must adopt the attacking approach no matter how the situation is like. Attack is the best form of defence. I must say that England has been ignoring players from the small clubs who has been showing the determination and courage to give their best. I am just quoting my facts on which England should select players based on their merit to the extent that if there is a potential England players who play for the Championship/League 1 side, the manager should not hesitate to call him up for England squad as long as the manager is in the view that he is up to the task for England duty. The England FA must support him all the way despite the possible media oppression. Let the football do the talking.

    I know that there are few candidates for the England jobs e.g Guss Hiddick, Jose Morinho, Marcelo Lippi, Martin O�Neil, Louis Flippe Scolari and Alan Shearer. In my opinion, I feel that Guss Hiddicks, Louis Flippe Scolari and Martin O�Neil are not suitable for the England post. Guss Hiddick has shown that he also struggled to get Russia into Euro 2008 only when England lost to Croatia due to Steve Mclaren. I think that he would not be able to guide England to be World Champion. He had showed in the case of South Korea and Australia. Martin O�Neil has not achieved much for Aston Villa so far with the cash that he can spend on the new players. Louis Flippe Scolari only managed to get Portugal to qualify at the last game. Although he had previously guided Brazil to be world champion in 2002, he could do it with the talented squad like England. With England, I do not think so. That only leave for Jose Mourinho and Marcelo Lippi. Jose Mourinho has guided Porto to Uefa Cup and Champion League trophy in
    Posted by Ben on November 22, 2007 1:46 PM
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    Of course Mourinho would be perfect. Trouble is, he's spent three years in English football and will be well aware just what a horrible job being England manager is. Almost certainly he's too smart to take it. The small possibility remains though that his monstrous ego will get the better of him. He might even imagine he could win the World Cup - how "special" would he be then?
    Posted by Chris on November 22, 2007 1:42 PM
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    All the FA has to do is sent a text to Jose saying "Come on Special One, prove just how Special you are". Failing that a medium with a link to Cloughie might be a lot cheaper?
    Posted by Stuart Yorkie on November 22, 2007 1:41 PM
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    You guys should jetison the idea of an English coach.I dont seem to see an English manager that has all the atribute required to succeed at the International arena.Give the job to Mourinho.He is the best man England needs at this time.His winning mentality is superb as well has his ability to take his stance on hard decisions.
    Posted by azeez adeniji (from Nigeria) on November 22, 2007 1:39 PM
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    Last night's result (and particularly Scott Carson's howler) was terrible but a result that was nonetheless overdue. The England team as well as the national game are a mess currently dominated by too many foreign players, precious egos with precious little passion for winning.
    Mourinho is only interested in winning and from his time at Chelsea has a sharp eye for talent. He's not bothered about upsetting people and so will be perfect at juggling the old buffers at the FA, the Media as well as getting his squad to remember that they've been selected to represent their country and not to featherbed their showbizz careers.
    Posted by Dr Bumble on November 22, 2007 1:30 PM
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    Avram Grant then Chelsea can re-sign Mourinho. Face it whoever manages England needs a huge slice of luck to win a competition too many players try to do too much Gerrard a classic example.
    Posted by Mike on November 22, 2007 1:22 PM
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    I think it's time to give up and invent another game that the others can't play.
    Get a few wins in while they catch up.
    Posted by Fraser George Macbeth on November 22, 2007 1:22 PM
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    O'Neill & Mourhino 7/2, O'Neill for me every time, he was brilliant with Celtic and has turned round Villa.

    He should have got the job in the first place after Sven went and we probably wouldn't be in the mess we are in now.
    Posted by Paul Fairclough on November 22, 2007 1:22 PM
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    I agree on Jose and O'Neill as two strong candidates but would they honestly consider the job. I think the FA are going to struggle to get a big name. Anyone with a brain will look at the strength in depth of English players at the moment and see that they will be on a hiding to nothing.
    Posted by Nigel Rodwell on November 22, 2007 1:17 PM
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    Can we please just ensure we give the job to the best ENGLISH manager available. I would go for Stuart Pearce
    Posted by Lee Hanna on November 22, 2007 1:15 PM
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    Come on Jose!!!
    Posted by cameron on November 22, 2007 1:10 PM
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    We will not win the World or European Cup whoever takes the job. We need someone who can galvanise technically inferior players with a strong team and work ethic. Alex McCleish perhaps? If he has to be English then who better than Lawrie Sanchez? The likes of Jose, Big Phil etc will be money down the drain.
    Posted by AJS on November 22, 2007 1:05 PM
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    Stuart pearce has done a great job with the under 21's, give him a chance.
    Posted by liz on November 22, 2007 12:59 PM
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    Mourinho has to be the obvious choice, with Capello second. Both are available and for a start at least one of them wants the job! Whatever is decided, this manager now has 2 years before his next major tournament and needs to be able to blood players at international level up until this time - I think Mourinho would do this but the FA would never have him!
    Posted by Matthew Palmer on November 22, 2007 12:58 PM
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    Ask Alex Ferguson....simple really....
    Posted by John Smith on November 22, 2007 12:52 PM
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    not a mention of stuart ( lionheart ) pearce,shame on you all,the germans pick ex internationals and always do very well, and even the magical brazil now have dunga,an ex captain. do we never learn
    Posted by steve on November 22, 2007 12:52 PM
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    we should get gary palmer, at least he wins tropheys,which means we can at least qualify!
    Posted by james rowland on November 22, 2007 12:40 PM
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    We need to bring Sven-G Ericsson back!! We did not understand how good he was. Shame on us!
    Posted by Phil Higgings on November 22, 2007 12:35 PM
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    Who on earth would want the job?...Big Phil was right
    Posted by JVS on November 22, 2007 12:34 PM
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    1. Roy Hodgson
    2. Glenn Hoddle
    Posted by charles turner on November 22, 2007 12:34 PM
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    i think that jose would be a quality choice, however, the FA won't appoind he wont come, therefore, come on O'neill
    Posted by GAry Phillips on November 22, 2007 12:34 PM
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    i want jose in- NOW RIGHT NOW
    Posted by JAFFER CAKE on November 22, 2007 12:29 PM
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    I am really disappointed with the Three Lions not qualifying. But - to be honest - it is no suprise at all and you do not deserve to play at the Euro.
    The main problem of English Football is not to find the right manager - and your players are good enough as well (even though your premier league is more an international competition than an english one). The main problem is your way of playing football: it is not competetive anymore, it is old-fashioned. And in terms of tactics your national team looks like a sub-16 bunch of kiddies playing on the school-yard.
    After the really bad World Cup performance, the FA should have had the guts to begin some changes, get some new ideas and to modernize the football. And you won't find that with G�ran coming back as a coach .. never. Mourinho might do it, Klinsmann as well, but only if they get the power to change things. As Bilic said after the match: Wake up!
    Posted by Jan on November 22, 2007 12:27 PM
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    Posted by Alasdair on November 22, 2007 12:25 PM
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    Gordon Strachan should be next manager of England.
    Posted by Paul Lawson on November 22, 2007 12:16 PM
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    As far as I am concerned there is only one man for the job - Mr Mourinho. The reason why a large number of people dislike him as a man (myself included), are the exact same reasons why the FA should go all out to secure his services...His arrogance, determination, and pig headed belief that he and he alone knows best will, in my opinion, make him a success. For too long now we have had weak leadership that has been heavily influenced by the media, to the point where half the team don't know if they're coming or going...this would not be allowed to happen under Jose. Question is, will he take it?
    Posted by Jamie R on November 22, 2007 12:13 PM
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    Marcello Lippi - proven international manager with Italy

    Peter Taylor? - proven at U21 level although not at club level.
    Posted by George Sittingburns on November 22, 2007 12:09 PM
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    I believe we should ask Glen Hoddle to take on the job again.


    Not as silly as any of the above mentioned candidates with the possible exception of O'Neill and Scolari.
    Posted by David Goldberg on November 22, 2007 12:02 PM
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    capello has vision and is where football is at NOW..
    but, unless the FA resign, unlikely to get a job as he will do it HIS way, much as Brian Clough would have done..Hmm! I'm not the ONLY one who thinks that England would have won AT LEST 2 more World Cups with Cloughie in charge..

    No, the FA will want ANOTHER puppet..Whats Matthe Corbett up to at the moment??
    Posted by Nick The MACC TOWN Monster on November 22, 2007 11:56 AM
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    The Special One for the job NOW!!!

    Posted by John Deer on November 22, 2007 11:51 AM
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    O Neill should be the next England manager. He has the strength of character to pick the best players in each position and not pamper to players living of perceived reputation rather than performance.

    O Neill gives off the impression of being his own man. This trait coupled with an ability to bring the best out of players through his passion and willpower is the best option for England at present.

    It is now time for The FA to deliver a manager who is not the safe option.

    McLaren was at best a good coach and number 2. What England now need is a supremely confident manager who is not scared of making hard decisions and destroying a few sacred cows. That man is Martin O Neill
    Posted by James on November 22, 2007 11:47 AM
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    jose should be the next manager
    mclaren was to much like sven
    come on jose
    Posted by jordan morris on November 22, 2007 11:18 AM
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