Who will be the next England manager?

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    In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 file photo England's soccer coach Fabio Cappello, left announces the appointment of the team captain John Terry, right in London. A senior Football Association official said Friday Feb. 5. 2010 that John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy by coach Fabio Capello following a media storm over his private life. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

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    Fabio Capello’s nightmare with the English national football team did at last come to an end, although many fans including myself wished it had taken place after the World Cup in South Africa.

    Now the most coveted job in the world is vacant and there is a lot of curiosity as to who will take it.

    Here is a list of five candidates, with some thoughts on their potential impact on the team and the nations’ Euro dream.

    Harry Redknapp

    The current Spurs boss is a huge fan favourite to take the job. He has had tremendous success with Tottenham since taking over in 2008.

    Harry has proven himself one of the best English managers about. He has gained invaluable European experience with Tottenham and has shown he can deal with big personalities like Gareth Bale,Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Scott Parker to name a few.

    The fact none of his big players left the club despite failing to qualify for the Champions League indicates the faith that the players have in him and the club.

    He has also worked with a lot of players who could potentially be in the England squad, which is a bonus. His man management skills will be the biggest advantage, as English players are usually known for their bad temperament.

    There is a high possibility of Redknapp being named the next English manager.

    Jose Mourinho

    The Special One has successfully faced and conquered every challenge in club football. To prove his managerial credibility to its ultimate degree, there would not be many jobs that bring more pressure than being English manager.

    Mourinho also handled many English players during his time at Chelsea. Although he is not English, he is a world class manager who can speak perfect English.

    His appointment would be a high profile one, but the only problem that could arise would be down to his temperament and the time can he could stay with the team if they failed to win Euro 2012.

    Apart from this, I feel he is the perfect man to take the job. There are also rumours of him wanting to return to England.

    Stuart Pearce

    The man nicknamed ‘Psycho’ has been appointed manager of the English national team for their friendly against Holland. After his unsuccessful spell as the manager of Manchester City he has been in charge of England’s U-21 team.

    During his spell many youngsters have been promoted to the main team for their club as well as to the English national team. The highlights include Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, and Chris Smalling to name a few.

    He is also one of the passionate Englishmen which fans have been asking for. If he can be successful in his part time role he might be given the full time job. At present I would consider him the favourite.

    Rafael Benitez

    Currently not managing any team, many English fans, especially in Liverpool will be hoping he is not the next manager after his recent performances with Liverpool and Inter Milan.

    Having been at Liverpool, though, Benitez has experience of the English game and England players. He was successful at Liverpool in the early years of his reign there, especially in Europe where he made the Champions League final twice and won it once.

    With the FA keen on an English manager, though, his chances of being named are slim.

    Alan Pardew

    A definite revelation at Newcastle, after initially having been booed by fans when he took over. Pardew was due for a short stint at Newcastle, but has definitely silenced his critics after guiding the club to a fantastic start this season.

    Pardew has been relatively successful at all his clubs. He has never managed a big team, which is definitely a disadvantage, although keeping fiery Hatem Ben Arfa happy this year has shown he could be up to the challenge of handling the bigger personalities.

    His chances of the English manager job, on balance, remain slim, especially after the nightmare that England suffered when the similarly placed Steve McLaren took over.

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    The Crowd Says (3)

    • February 22nd 2012 @ 10:48am
      Matt F said | February 22nd 2012 @ 10:48am | ! Report

      Redknapp seems to me like the ideal choice. He’s had good success at club level, he’s english (which will satisfy some of the old school media pundits) and is well respected by the players. The question for him is whether he will want, or will be allowed to, leave Tottenham. They are building very nicely with champions league football next season and could well be potential title challengers in the coming seasons. On the other hand, Redknapp isn’t getting any younger and has always said he would lovve the England job at some stage. This could very well be his last chance. If he does leave then Tottenham will, rightfully, expect serious compensation. He’s the big favourite in my view.

      Mourinho would be probably be the media’s choice. Just imagine how many quotes he will give them! That would be very entertaining. He would probably do very well but would he want to be an international manager? Would he be satisfied with the sporadic and infrwquent matches as opposed to the week to week regularity of club football? I’m not convinced that he would be that interested in international management, at least not yet.

      I’d say that Pierce would only be considered if the likes of Redknapp say no which is a worry for them as it means that he’d be the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even later choice. He could very well get the job but it would probably only happen if the FA exhausted other options.

      Benitez would be very unlikely. After a strong start with Liverpool he didn’t leave with a great reputation. As you said, his spell at Inter wasn’t very good either.

      Pardew has already said that he wouldn’t take the job, and I don’t think he’d be considered just yet anyway. If he can continue to build Newcastle like he is now then he could be a potential candidate for the job the next time it comes around.

    • February 22nd 2012 @ 11:07pm
      Paul Smith said | February 22nd 2012 @ 11:07pm | ! Report

      Of the people you mention, Benitez is the stand out candidate. He has won many trophies compared to Redknaps single FA cup and he conducts himself with alot more dignity than Mourinho who he comfortably out-thought in two Champions League semi finals. Had he won his two games in hand when he left Inter they would only have been 7 points off the leaders. He also won two trophies in 6 months there including the World Club cup yet people still describe his time there as a disaster!

    • February 24th 2012 @ 5:12am
      Arthur said | February 24th 2012 @ 5:12am | ! Report

      This vote puts Pearce just ahead of Redknapp for the job: http://www.btoe.com/lists/best-potential-england-manager-on-earth

      Personally I think Redknapp is by far the best choice, with Hiddink some way behind. Redknapp will make the players believe, and he’ll make them care. Capello is a great manager, but he never did those things with England.

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