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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 www.williamhill.co.uk 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!?

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 22 2007

Time: 12:02PM

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give it to 'the special one'...
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22/11/2007 12:15:00

The special one has my vote, atleast his interviews will be worth waiting for....... I also think that potentially the Fraud Squad should be called as Mclaren surely has taken a lot of money under false pretences!
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22/11/2007 12:30:00

Give it to Slaven Bilic.
The Rabbi
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22/11/2007 12:31:00

bilic was loving every minute of the game wasnt he! thats what you want to see, passion, commitment and enjoyment too...
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22/11/2007 12:36:00

However has it next should have a clause built into the contract. You're out if we fail to qualify. Qualify & renew. Give it the best there is. Spineless can be the next scum manager once GB bails out.
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22/11/2007 12:55:00

I think the 'special one' - whoever gets it shouldn't get a 4 year contract though. Just till the end of the world cup and then renew it.
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22/11/2007 13:35:00

First, I just want everyone to know how bloody happy I am that hes gone!!!!! I'm hard pushed to think of a worse manager, even though the players absolutley sucked last night too!!!..Im with most of u boys, Jose would b bang on!!!!!......on a better note, crunchy looked good last night.......carson who?????
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22/11/2007 13:56:00

Many of you may club me for saying this, but if Mourinho doesn't get it (which given the culture of the FA, I doubt he will), I'd give it to either Klinsmann or Berti Vogts. Yeah, I know Vogts doesn't appear to have done much with Scotland, but he's a terrific developmental manager and this team needs to be rebuilt, like an engine, from top to bottom.
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22/11/2007 14:37:00

If berti Vogts gets the england job then i coming to live in Toronto!
The Rabbi
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22/11/2007 14:43:00

i think i had most certainly get my passport renewed - and before the uefa cup campaign next season - as if vogts became the new england manager i would also be going with you to toronto...
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22/11/2007 15:31:00

Right you are mates ! - I'm sick of being the only Pompey fan for 3000 miles around anyway. I'll order 2 extra pints for when it happens !
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22/11/2007 15:34:00

can you put us up aswell then? ive always wanted to go to canada, so if you can berti for england it is...
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22/11/2007 15:45:00

Done & dusted.
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22/11/2007 15:50:00

I cant see the job going to any foreigner apart from Mourinho and maybe Klinsman, so you can rule out Bilic, Scolari, Vogts,(besides all of them have a team to manage somewhere). I'd like to see Psycho mange the senior team, you know if if they dont perform under him they would hear it
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22/11/2007 15:55:00

stewert pearce? why has no-one mentioned him? international coaching is very different from club managing, and he is doing really well wih the u21s. that, or the special one...or scholari...but please, not mark hughes or martin o'neil - they wont engoy the jump, and wont go down well.
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22/11/2007 17:07:00

I am pretty good on Championship and Football Manager surely that puts me in the frame.
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22/11/2007 18:37:00

Owens don't do it mate. The job is the poison chalice. It seems as though turnong English players into a national side is absolutely beyond any human being especially with the national press refusing to give the incumbent any peace of credit.
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22/11/2007 20:38:00

Yeah...let Berti do it & join the rest of us at the pub in Toronto !
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22/11/2007 21:38:00

the special one has ruled it out hasnt he... im shifting more and more uncomfortably in my chair now! it probably wont happen but 'arry wont rule it out will he, so he is creeping up the order of potentially getting it... klinsmann - he knows his stuff, is young and keen, maybe so? i do like stuart pearce, but im just not sure that his passion - which is unbeatable - would be enough...
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22/11/2007 23:49:00

Steve Coppell would be my choice. Dull in interviews but his teams aren't on the pitch
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23/11/2007 00:54:00

I think Hope Powell should get it. Start paying them 40 a match as well. They'll soon learn.
The Rabbi
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23/11/2007 08:55:00

if i could choose anyone, it would be wenger...unfortunatly, i doubt very much he will take the job, so i would then say i would like morinho. he ALSO wouldnt take the job, so i move onto the more passion managers, and staurt pearce/jurgen klinsmen. i dont want fabio cappello, or any of the other managers who would have the team playing dry football. we deserve better, even if we would win everything.
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23/11/2007 18:31:00

Seems to be a lot of talk about a Redknapp/Shearer Partnership .... hopefully just talk..... My money is on a big name foreigner .... somebody Greek who we've never heard of .. Yanisgot Togettoworldcupfinalsmycopolis
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24/11/2007 11:28:00


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