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Which Of These 8 Managers Should Lead England After Capello?

It’s the hardest Job in football: The England manager position. As another crumbling failure’s reign is nearly up, the FA face one of the most important decisions in their history. Do they go foreign again? Do they pluck for a Brit? Do they go with experience or youth?

In the four years that Capello has been in charge England have spluttered and stalled and progression has been hard to see. With his woeful grasp of the English language, the Italian has failed to unite the egos and clashing personalities of the camp despite his £6m a year contract.

In short, his time at the helm of English football has been awful. Like so much to do with the national team, what promised so much delivered so little.

But what of the future you say. Well, after last week where I explored the future of the national team players, I felt it was time to explore the managerial possibilities.

The front runners:

Harry Redknapp: 5/6

The outright front runner to replace Fabio in the dugout and let’s face it, Redknapp has every right to be. Having guided Portsmouth to FA Cup success in 2008 and forged Spurs as a formidable force in the EPL, Redknapp’s stock has been on a steep rise. Redknapp has a reputation for bringing individuals together to play as one as well as developing youngsters and taking them on to the next level. Harry has openly said managing England would be the pinnacle of his career and would be hard to turn down. Perhaps his greatest skill however is his dealings in the transfer market. Van der Vaart for £8m to name one. Obviously, this is something that will be left behind if he moved to Wembley. And it is the fear that Redknapp is a club manager through and through that make some people question if he is the right man for the job.

Martin O’Neill: 8/1

A few furlongs behind Redknapp is the straight talking Irishman, Martin O’Neil. Success with Leicester and later Celtic signaled O’Neill out as a possible future England manager. His time at Aston Villa also saw the club progress but there was no silverware to show for it. Considered hot headed and never shy to tell the public about his disagreements with his employers, the FA may be weary of a public spat. Also against O’Neill has his lack of experience at the top level. He has never managed a major team (sorry Celtic fans) and has never really had to manage world class players. However, his record speaks for itself. For example, winning 213 of his 282 games in charge at Celtic Park.

Roy Hodgson: 8/1

The bookies are offering slender odds on Mr Hodgson making the move from the Hawthorns to Wembley. Once favourite to succeed Capello, Hodgson has since slipped back in the race since his debacle at Liverpool. His record, bar his brief stay on Merseyside, is impressive- guiding Fulham to the Europa League final in 2010 just one of the many highlights. What will interest the FA especially is his glittering record as an international manager. He took the Swiss to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup and took Finland to their highest ever world ranking. What will worry the FA is the nagging question- can he succeed at the highest level of them all? The gap between managing Fulham compared to Liverpool may be miles apart. The gap between managing the likes of Finland compared to England is planets apart.

The chasing pack:

Jose Mourinho: 11/1

The first choice of many if the FA decide to cast their eye abroad. Mourinho has a CV to rival anyone and has said he would consider the England job if ever approached. He has the experience of managing at the top level and most importantly knows how to win the biggest trophies in club football. On the downside, his bulging ego and whooping pay cheque- but if you pay £6m a year on Fabio the FA won’t shy away too quickly. If the FA were to pluck for The Special One, prizing him away from Real could be a fence too many for the FA to jump.  Also, Mourinho has never managed an international team. Whether this is a big problem will be up to the man himself. And amazingly, unlike Capello, he can speak English which can’t hurt his chances.

Stuart Pearce: 12/1

Pearce is seen by many English fans as a risky punt. A novice at the managerial game, slowly learning his trade and the England job may be a jump to high, too soon for ‘psycho.’ The passion he has for England weighs hugely in his favour. The Three Lions on his chest means something to him and it is something he can (hopefully) convey to his players. This is something that Capello has failed to do. Pearce’s hopes may rest on how the under 21s perform. Do a good job with them and doors will open.

Arsene Wenger: 14/1

It’s hard to imagine Wenger leaving Arsenal. Maybe a couple more drubbings and the Gunners board may have to show him the door. The fans might not even 8 2 see him go. After years of success followed by long baron periods, the Emirates is restless and Wenger no longer looks so sure of his position. But can anyone honestly see him as the England manager? He is a stubborn man, proven by his transfer dealings, which is not what the English fans, media or Football Association want. But his record and his talent for developing youngsters may hold him in good stead. Still, Wenger for England? It’s a long shot.

The Outsiders:  

David Beckham: 18/1

Could the FA really make the gamble of putting Becks in charge? It would be a huge risk. A man with no managerial experience and a private life bigger than the players. It would be an astonishing call by the FA. But would it be the right one? Beckham has the skills to be an England manager. He commands respect from his fellow players and there is nothing he hasn’t seen or done before- ideal for nurturing the up and coming players. A successor to Capello may be far too soon though.

Alan Shearer: 25/1

Another ex-captain that the bookies reckon could be in with a shout. Unlike Golden Balls, Shearer does have managerial experience and it was far from a success- winning one of eight games as Newcastle were relegated under his leadership. His lack of experience and willingness sees him as an outsider but maybe a co-manager with Beckham. Is that such a crazy idea?

Other names in the frame: Alex Ferguson 25/1, Carlo Ancelotti 25-1, Mark Hughes 33/1, Steve Bruce 33/1, David Moyes 40/1, Jurgen Klinsmann 66/1.

(odds: Paddy Power 25/10/11)

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  1. Jack Tomczuk

    October 27, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Still with the 8-2 jokes? I thought that would have ended after what we witnessed on Sunday…

  2. Thomas

    October 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Redknapp seems the best fit, but as pointed out, he’s never cut his teeth on the international stage.

    It strikes me as similar to the Real Madrid or Chelsea jobs of late. No matter what you do, unless you win everything you fail.

    Clearly there is a systematic problem to England’s shortcomings on the global stage, as evidenced by their performances over the last decade or so.

    One problem is being afforded the time to build a cohesive squad, while bringing through younger players.

    Germany, although they haven’t won any major honours yet, seem to be the shining light as far as how to develop a national footballing program. Low has been in charge since 2006, and is a holdover from Klinsmann, so really he’s been there since 2004…We’ve seen a dynamic shift in Germany’s style, and they are producing youngsters at a staggering rate.

    England need to focus on youth, and it’s shocking it took Capello as long as it did to regularly play players like Ashley Young.

    In many ways, England need to implode their current set up, and start by preaching a new philosophy..

    The future of the team is no longer with the likes of Ferdinand, Terry, Lampard or Gerrard…it’s high time the squad features players like Milner, Young, Rooney, Wellbeck, Sturridge, Rodwell, Wilshere, etc.

    England need to go with a manager who can take that talent, and give him the time to mold it into a TEAM.

    • jonson

      October 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Talking about brilliant, sir, you must have written the book, whoever would have thought that after 3 World Cups, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2 Euro Cup campaigns at least, the likes of Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand should be replaced. You obviously follow the sport closely or are probably just menacing and stalking someone and sending out a message with using the name of who you are molesting as you are an anonymous cowardly abuser.

      • jonson

        October 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm

        Oh boy, we didn’t know any of this person’s comments, so new, Germany now is producing a top international team, Oh, the Real Madrid and Chelsea jobs are so difficult. Wow, we are really getting brilliant insights here. Never heard any of this.

        A team made of the lesser known English players could not do much worse than what our top squad has.

  3. broom_wagon

    October 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    After Redknapp who yes, is bound to be the front runner, I’m not sure if I find one name on the list. Tottenham by the way, seem to be a hot team now, so HR is doing very well right now.

    Who has brought West Ham back?? Who plays long ball kick and rush football? Or does he, made adjustments for the Hammers after they tied Crystal Palace and lost to Ipswich Town and then defeated Blackpool 4-0, lose to leaders Saints by a goal and win vs. Brighton, Hove and Albion, I know Big Sam is not appreciated and that’s why the Cockney’s who criticised him in the past really are not worthy of the miracle he is doing currently in the Championship League, I’d not be surprised to hear others echo this. And yes, a valid concern would be Allardyce’s heart ailments but underlining this, is rather criticising English players and their talents, perhaps England needs to play English football. I think you get that with Allardyce, Redknapp, O’Neill. Truly Allardyce and O’Neill have had bad spells, I believe Allardyce had a poor time with Newcastle.

    If anything, last Saturday, Wolves started all British/Irish players, Swansea was close to this, MUFC in fact, started about 7 so that is not too bad but I think something has to be done about the talent that disappoints coming out of the top clubs when it comes to International matches, not to be critical but I think there is a better way to assemble a team. England 3 Lions would probably be better off with all Championship League players and selections from the more heavily British/Home Nations clubs in the PL or at least it should be considered. I’m tired of seeing the likes of Rooney, Lampard and others not contributing enough to the England effort.

    • Thomas

      October 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      So you are suggesting rolling out a team that consistently fails to beat top level EPL as the England national team, because at a club level they select other English players?

      You’d like the England National team to send a squad comprised entirely of Championship players to the Euro’s?

      You sir, are brilliant.

      • Broom_Wagon

        October 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        Yeah, I know I’m brilliant, we wouldn’t see the great Wayne Rooney score against the Dismal USA, Oh, wait, and we wouldn’t see the great 3 Lions challenge the powerful German team, oh wait… and look what we’d do to Argentina, hey, this team can beat France at Wembley after all, oh wait. Yeah, that Championship surely wouldn’t be able to defeat Montenegro would they.

  4. monty python

    October 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    how about owen coyle?

  5. Harry

    October 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Jurgen Klinnsman? No way in hell at least not right now!!!

    • PaulfromMiami

      October 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      USA Soccer federation should have listened to what the German players said about their experience with Klinnsman as the ntl team coach before hiring him.

  6. Tony

    October 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Pearce, quite sensibly, removed himself from consideration.

    I guess we have to assume the manager will be English (or British) so Gus Hiddink doesn’t even get a mention ?

  7. PaulfromMiami

    October 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I forgot to add.
    Redknapp would be stupid to leave Tottenham right now for England. This tottenham team right now is really good.

  8. PaulfromMiami

    October 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    England job is the best and worst job in the world.
    Best Job: it pays well. if you win a trophy then you are god in England.
    Worst Job: Lack of talent. Too many players consider themselves superstars. The players that can actually play never get to play. Even when they make it on the team, they never make it on the field.

    England fans refuse to admit these facts:
    -Best player in the PL is not English
    -Most Technical players in the PL aren’t English
    -Most Flair players in the PL aren’t English
    -The majority of the best players in the PL aren’t English

  9. Aaron

    October 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Any chance we can resurrect Brian Clough and put England’s long national side nightmare to bed?

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