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FA Risks Losing Jose Mourinho for England Job

jose mourinho FA Risks Losing Jose Mourinho for England Job
The Football Association is living in an ivory tower, so far out of touch with reality and has already made a massive mistake in the hiring process for the new England manager’s position.

Because they’re so gripped with fear of making an aggressive mistake this time around, they’ve decided to spend a boatload of money on hiring consultants to help manage the search. This is the type of decision that a bureaucratic corporation would make. In football, we don’t have time to dawdle.

While the FA thinks its taking the right steps in its international search for a manager (scouring the earth according to Brian Barwick), the one manager who is perfect for this position has reportedly expressed an interest in the job yet no one has contacted him. That person is, of course, Jose Mourinho.

The FA needs to have balls. They need to make a bold move by getting The Special One to take the position. Instead, they’re pussy-footing around by trying to appear patient and doing things in an orderly fashion. In the business world, this can work at times. But, to me, this is more about supply and demand. The demand is there to capture an England manager. The supply is small. Really there’s only one manager who’s perfect for this job who would be able to make dramatic changes and rock the boat. And once that supply is gone (i.e. Jose Mourinho), England and the FA have major problems.

The writing is on the wall. The FA will continue to dawdle. Jose Mourinho will take a top managerial position with a European club side. The FA will find someone to take the manager’s position after several months and it’ll end up being another disappointment.

Yet again I say that the FA needs to step down. They’re incompetent. They’re in the process of botching another campaign. They’re ruining the international game in England and the people who will suffer the most are the fans of the England national team who will continue to be disappointed until a major upheaval occurs within the FA.

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8 Responses to FA Risks Losing Jose Mourinho for England Job

  1. MJ says:

    It seems like everyone in the English media is taking the same arrogant attitude that has been the reason for this whole debacle in the first place.

    Just because Mourinho is perfect for the job and the FA may want him doesn’t mean he’s actually interested and would take it. People seem to think that because it’s the England job, there’s no way he would turn it down; but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The media are basically assuming he’ll take the job if it is offered to him and I think that’s a big mistake.

    Look, he may end up taking the job and if he does, England will be the better for it. But, Mourinho has said multiple times that he believes a national team manager should be of that nationality, and that the only national job he was interested in is Portugal and not until the twilight of his managerial career. “Reports” of his interest in the job may just be a way to force the hand of either of the Milans (especially AC), and Barcelona (with Frank Rijkaard more than likely on his way out anyway) and have them offer him the job at their respective clubs. If Mourinho really wanted the England job, he would’ve said it by now and he would already have the job because everyone knows he’s the first choice of the FA.

  2. Kartik says:

    I find it amazing hat everyone assumes that Mourinho with such a great club record will be a great choice for England. From the English perspective didn’t Sven who has a BETTER club record than even the self anointed “special one?” Didn’t the English media disdain his continental style tactics which interestingly are similar to Jose’s? Didn’t Sven get a lot of flak because he was a foreigner who had never managed on the international level before?

    For the record I’m not sure Mourinho would have been a good choice. He doesn’t know the English player development system well enough, and England must have a long term vision with this job. I know some of you on this website believe the US would lose to Andorra but take a page out of the American playbook- the only foreigner truly considered for the American job-Klinsmann has an intimate knowledge of American training techniques and our domestic league. The English can’t just go around and wave the job in front of any club manager who managed in England for three years because it’s the people’s choice. Scholari would be a good choice, but I doubt his style would work with English player unfamiliar to playing most of the match on the ground, using short quick passes.

    As I write this, I realize once again that England’s trouble from a youth development, technical and tactical standpoint go far beyond a single manager and those English fans who think McLaren was solely to blame for the three lions failure have done nothing but prove they no nothing about the international game.

  3. MJ says:

    Jose does, however, know how to handle the English media and has a great relationship with them, and that is probably the most important aspect of the job.

    It doesn’t take a genius to know that guys like Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor, Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney, Micah Richards, Luke Moore, etc. are the future of the English national team. Mourinho’s appointment would bring that tactical and techincal knowledge that the national team and youth national teams are missing because of his instant credibility and credentials; plus if he accepted the England job it would be on his terms and he would bring in his assistants and his guys to help him redevelop the system.

    This being said, I’m not sure if he even wants the England job. He’s not the type of person to go into a job half-heartedly; he puts everything into wherever he goes and if has any reservations at all about this jon, he simply won’t take it. My point is that the media thinks they can have him if they want him and that’s not a good attitude to have.

  4. The Gaffer says:

    According to Mourinho’s agent, Jose is interested. Read this article from The Daily Telegraph.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. A Whiny Yank Should Shut Up says:

    Kartik, I am amazed by how yank centric you are. Please for the love of the game do not comment on English Football or the National Team. Go back to watching NFL, NBA and all the other boring, unsophisticated American sports. Your yank perspective isn’t welcome and your constant harping on England’s technical and tactical savvy is such a bore. For a yank like you, it isn’t pretty football unless its Latin. I know your type. Unless it looks like Brazil or Italy it is unsophisticated, technically flawed and tactically poor. You are so affected by the Latin game. As I said before go back to watch NFL and Basketball.

  6. MJ says:

    Gaffer, that article needs to taken with a grain of salt. Again, it’s in an English newspaper written by an English writer; I’m not saying that this is made up but of course the writers there are going to be reporting that Jose wants the job because the English public in general wants him to take the job.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Part of the reason the England National Team missed the Euros was McClown’s obsession with American training techniques and the football lines and uneven pitch at Wembley. The Yanks have already ruined us in partnership with the FA.

  8. Anonymous says:

    the FA should try to secure Jose Morinho if at all possible. If he turns us down then we look to someone else. He is a winner and has actually won things like the champions league with Porto, where he did not have Roman Abrovomitch’s millions to spend.

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