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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!?

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


It may sound crazy but I like the idea of a new young manager to take over like Klinsmann did with Germany, like Bilic did with Croatia - lacking experience should not discount a young and enthusiatic coach from the job - and I don't believe that club form is a good indicator of a good national manager - the FA should look for good tactician and and motivator first and foremost
22/11/2007 12:27:00
I ws discussing this with my boss. Several names were thrown into our hat, with O'Neill coming out on top. However, the dark horses included Paul Jewel (did well with Wigan and Bradford, both teams having less than average Premiership players...), Steve Coppell (see Paul Jewel comments...). Hughes was mentioned but I soon quashed that sort of talk!
Decimus Poole
22/11/2007 12:30:00
All three are good managers - but would Jewell and Coppell be able to cope with the stress? Both have walked away from jobs in the past... Hughes has international experience and did a good job - but I don't want him to go!
22/11/2007 12:34:00
He's rubbish! (incase the FA are reading this!)
22/11/2007 12:35:00
Coppell quit a club after 31 days, didn't he, due to stress?
Decimus Poole
22/11/2007 12:55:00
yep - wasn't that Man City?
22/11/2007 13:10:00
and I think he was relegated with Brighton
22/11/2007 13:12:00
Coppell and Jewell are just flavour of the month. Like Allardyce and Curbishley were last time round! Funny how niether of them are mentioned now. Gotta be Capello!
22/11/2007 14:14:00
i think capello is a good manager
22/11/2007 15:02:00
Yes it was man city. Coppell and Jewell prob wont hack in all honesty. O'Neill for me. Hughes would never do it he is proudly Welsh.
22/11/2007 16:45:00
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