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.
But who will be the latest manager to accept the poisoned chalice of 'the second most important job in the country'?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
why cant david beckham do it-he knows the players and the game!!
Stuart Pearce should be the gaffer, there's an Englishman with pride and passion !! !!
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.
Bring on Jose hes the man our team need the passion to win like he has.
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
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 england....money 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.
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?
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....
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.
what's kenny dalgleish doing at the moment?
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.
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...........
Get used. The english footballplayers is
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 !!!
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.
"1. Roy Hodgson
Wouldnt that be nice for england to have Jose's ego.
If you want english team to be a special one, just call Mourinho.
MARTIN JOL ?
The man for that job is:
Give the job to Kermit the Frog.He couldn't be any worse the muppits the FA have picked since 1966.
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.
Stoichkov is unemployed, so is Ferario Spassov (Fero).
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.
O'Neill is the man. And don't forget he had 10 years under Brian Clough.
It's time the FA did something positive for
O'Neill is an honourable man and said this week he has a job at Villa - so hands off.
Please do not put Sam in charge of the national team
Yeah, ol' psycho gets my vote, well over Mourinho who would build his team around Lampard and bore everyone silly to boot.
Why are the FA dithering about? It's obvious who has gotta be first top of the list:
ALex Mcleish.Or, JOseMourinhooo!!
Mourinho doesn't want it. He wants club football. Please, let's not even discuss Mourinho any more.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Foreign managers are all very well for Premier League teams but not for the National Team.
England feels the pressure for not having top pieces to fill in two crucial positions: Keeper and Manager.
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?
One thing is for sure: An english man can`t help you!!!!!!!The best would be a german, but we won`t want to....
i think Jose Mourinho
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?
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.
please give jobto allerdyce so atleast nwcastlecan get a decent manager never mnd england!!
The FA of England please don't be stupid. The right man for the job is definately JOSE MOURINHO!!!
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
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
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.
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.
Passionate, quick-thinking, articulate, strategist, proven winner, his own man, genuine, humble, British...
Jose Mourinho would be my first choice.My second choice would be Andy Robinson.
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 !
Quite why anyone would actually want to be England manager is beyond me. A poisoned chalice if ever there was one...
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!
you cant be serious about coppell for england.and since when are lita and sidwell big players???
we need mourinho,lippi or bilic.
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.
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! :-)
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.
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.
what about frank riijard?
i think marino should be
The dream ticket is clearly Martin Johnson with Mr Motivator as No.2. Surprised no-one has mentioned them already.
Where's Sven when you need him!!!
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.
Sven Goren Eriksson.
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.
Harry Redknapp or Coppell. Keep it English, for better or worse, unless Jose wants it, he's half English now
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.
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
Mourinho would instill a winning mentality, and strengthen the fraglie minds of players that are good, but lack courage, and self belief.
It has to be Jose.....if he will take the job. The man has got charisma, strong will and a determination to succeed.
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
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!!
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?
22 November 2007
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
I think it's time to give up and invent another game that the others can't play.
O'Neill & Mourhino 7/2, O'Neill for me every time, he was brilliant with Celtic and has turned round Villa.
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.
Can we please just ensure we give the job to the best ENGLISH manager available. I would go for Stuart Pearce
Come on Jose!!!
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.
Stuart pearce has done a great job with the under 21's, give him a chance.
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!
Ask Alex Ferguson....simple really....
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
We need to bring Sven-G Ericsson back!! We did not understand how good he was. Shame on us!
Who on earth would want the job?...Big Phil was right
1. Roy Hodgson
i think that jose would be a quality choice, however, the FA won't appoind he wont come, therefore, come on O'neill
i want jose in- NOW RIGHT NOW
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.
ALEX MCLEISH FOR ENGLAND MANAGER HAHAHA
Gordon Strachan should be next manager of England.
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?
Marcello Lippi - proven international manager with Italy
I believe we should ask Glen Hoddle to take on the job again.
capello has vision and is where football is at NOW..
The Special One for the job NOW!!!
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.
jose should be the next manager
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