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Analysis: Who Will Be The Next Manager of England

Here’s a prediction of what’s going to happen in the search for England’s next manager.

Currently, Jose Mourinho is the 4-1 favorite to be the next England manager according to the bookies. In the next 48 hours, expect Jose Mourinho to rule himself out of the running for the job. At this stage in his career, Mourinho could be a club manager at any of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan or any other side, so why would he want to associate himself with a second tier of football?

With the rise of club football due to the Premier League and Champions League, international football has become a second tier of football management. Even most of the fans out there, myself included, prefer club football to international football which illustrates the shift in power.

When Mourinho rules himself out of the running, the race will be narrowed to Fabio Capello, Marcello Lippi, Slaven Bilic, Sam Allardyce, Martin O’Neill, Luis Scolari and Guus Hiddink.

Capello, the former Real Madrid manager, has already expressed an interest in the position. After what happened with O’Neill and Scolari in the search for the last England manager, I don’t see the FA considering either of those two candidates seriously especially since the same FA regime is in place.

While Bilic is interested in managing in the Premier League, I don’t see him taking the England manager position especially with the prospect of guiding Croatia through the rounds of Euro 2008 where they stand a good chance of doing well.

Sam Allardyce’s popularity rating has declined sharply from one year ago due to his tough start at Newcastle United. Many of us expected Big Sam’s tenure at Newcastle to be difficult based on the mess that Glenn Roeder and Graeme Souness left for him.

Marcello Lippi, the former Italy and Juventus coach, is available for the position (after turning down the laughable request from Birmingham City this past week).

Lastly, Guus Hiddink – the current Russia manager – is a contender. However despite Hiddink’s success for PSV Eindhoven, South Korea, Australia and many other clubs, I don’t see Hiddink taking the position. Like O’Neill and Scolari, Hiddink was wrapped up in the last opportunity to become England manager and the Dutchman seemed overwhelmed (as Scolari did) by the media circus surrounding the position.

If It was a betting man, it would be a toss-up between Lippi and Capello to be the next England manager. My vote would be for Lippi based on him leading Italy to the 2006 World Cup title, while Capello — despite being a qualified manager — would be a close second if Lippi decides not to take the job.

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  1. Anonymous

    November 23, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Whomever it is England can’t do worse than the USA who after striking out with Klinsmann, Pekerman, Erickson and Quieroz hired a domestic manager who had been fired recently by an MLS team because he was availible. It doesn’t get more comical than that.

  2. The Scout

    November 22, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t think it will be Mourinho. He wants to coach Portugal down the road in his career. At this point I think he’ll jump back into a club setup somewhere in Spain. However, it’s Jose and you never know what that chap is going to do next.

    Hiddink turned down England once already and I don’t think much has happened to make him change his mind should they approach him again. I rate him very highly as a manager and England are unfortunate to not have signed him.

    Capello or Lippi are both good candidates. You would imagine they could handle the media scrutiny as coaching in Italy is pretty tough as well.

    O’Neill has done OK for himself at club level and is an intelligent and frank speaker.

    I would think the FA will go with someone who has experience in getting a country qualified for a major international or European tournament so could rule out quite a few names right away.

  3. Anonymous

    November 22, 2007 at 9:56 am

    The bookies just throw out the names they want. Why would Bilic or Hiddink consider England?

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