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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!?

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Date:Thursday November 22 2007

Time: 12:02PM

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The Poisoned Chalice. I cannot believe Mourinho or anyone with any credibility would get involved with such a *****poor rudderless ship as the FA. Frighteningly, Pearce is at 16/1. Now HE'D get involved because it's the ultimate honour...and the buck stops with me...etc...
Johnny Baguette
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22/11/2007 12:16:00

MON for me. Drop-kick the bloated and bereft golden generation for a start
Craig Cain
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22/11/2007 12:44:00

CC What has MON achieved ???
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22/11/2007 13:56:00

MON gets the best out of his charges - a key element in the locker of all the best british managers over the years. He also picks players to fill a system (rather than trying to accomodate big names) every player will be utilised to their strengths within a given system and will know their job inside out (and the jobs of those around them). I'd say his successes with Celtic were impressive and he had Leicester punching well above their weight. In terms of his personal qualities, he has a keen intellect and stands no bull**** (from either the FA or super inflated players, very much in the Clough mould) He gets my vote.
Craig Cain
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22/11/2007 14:07:00

They won't get a Mourinho or Scolari because of the lack of support offered by the Premier League. How many mysterious injuries emerge on international weeks?
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22/11/2007 14:55:00

I think the next coach is Harry Redknapp .
city 81
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22/11/2007 15:04:00

And expressed amazement at the lack of name David Moyes' Among the candidates!
city 81
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22/11/2007 15:20:00

I want to know who the caretaker will be. Self styled MCFC caretaker Stuart "Played Academy lads because I had to" Pearce has to be the only uninspiring option. Bring on that cliched press conference! Full time, MON looks to be just about the most sensible bet, but we can't expect sensible with these FA clowns. An 'Andsome Arry appointment would be absolutely marvellous in it's comedy element and Shearer, mentioned earlier today would be a toe curler. Big Sam? As they say on the waltzers, "Somebody Scream!"
Johnny Baguette
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22/11/2007 15:29:00

CC Who wouldn't have success with Celtic, and his record with Leicester is no better than Pardew with WHU, Curbishley with Charlton, Jewell with Wigan and Allardyce with Bolton. For England we need someone with a record at International level and that wouldn't necessarily guarantee getting success with the bunch of non-triers that is the present England team.
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22/11/2007 15:34:00

There still that Swedish bloke knocking around who's team haven't been out of the top five in the league yet.... ;)
Johnny Baguette
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22/11/2007 15:42:00

I notice a report that says Sven has a pay rise in the doubt to frighten off any prospective suitors.
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22/11/2007 16:21:00

Dont agree Alphie, his time at celtic was spectacular - some terrific results in CL and dont forget the UEFA final. Who's your call?
Craig Cain
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22/11/2007 16:35:00

Trouble is we won't get the right one as we have no chance of getting the likes of The Special One or Scolari.
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22/11/2007 16:46:00

I'm still not so sure alph. In their clueless desperation, the FA could well go for big names with masses of cash to appease the furious supporters. Must dig out the Python "run away!" image again!
Johnny Baguette
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22/11/2007 18:15:00

Svennis must be allowing himself a secret smile tonight. Here's to him further rubbing salt into the FA and hacks wounds with a solid display over Reading on saturday. Bring it on!!
Johnny Baguette
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22/11/2007 18:16:00

Agreed. Note the SFA are on board with your home nations (plus ROI) tournament JB, talksport also running a campaign. Don't share your enthusiasm.
Craig Cain
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23/11/2007 09:10:00

Blimey! I hadn't considered the policing required for a return to the home nations in my starry eyed opinions until you mentioned it. If they can get that right in generally new stadia it could give football a lift across the islands.
Johnny Baguette
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23/11/2007 11:00:00

I'm with your sentiment, just dont trust the crap that follows ingerland.
Craig Cain
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23/11/2007 11:38:00

I know what you mean. Always put me right off. I recounted an old rotten story here a week or so ago. - It won't sound very patriotic, but I am becoming more and more pleased at England's abject failure to qualify as it throws a glaring spotlight on the parlous state of the national game. I think the hopeless FA believe that just changing the manager will resolve the problem. They all look to cosy and smug for me. Arriving for yesterday's press conference some of them were positively beaming at all the attention. Can somebody like the clubs overthrow them? Or are they all too comfy for discomfort if you see what I mean.
Johnny Baguette
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23/11/2007 11:57:00

The clubs are happy with the Premier League and its board - its in their pocket. The FA is another matter, accountable only to itself. I think a mass campaign from fans, the press (did I just say that?), ex pros (esp england internationals and captains), pundits and commentators etc (even MPs with an interest or formal sporting brief) would be required to shift them. Thats possible. I agree that non-qualifaction has made them very uncomfortable. What was it they said at Sven's appt - something about winning the world cup in ten years?
Craig Cain
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23/11/2007 12:13:00

One thing I would like the FA to consider is a manager who has managed before with an international team
Buzz Lightyear
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24/11/2007 21:45:00

Jose Mourinho ....... .......
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