Big Phil to be next England manager?

After England’s poor performance against Israel over the weekend leaving their hopes of qualification for Euro 2008 in jeopardy, it’s no surprise that people are already speculating on who will be England’s next manager.

Steve McClaren so far has failed to inspire or impress during his short reign.

However, the Football Association (FA) have moved to lend their support to McClaren after rumours began to circulate that he will be summoned by the FA to explain the recent poor performances. There is also speculation of a rift between McClaren and star-striker Wayne Rooney.

Nevertheless, once the UK newspapers get a sniff of an opportunity to hound the England manager, they become like a dog with a bone. And that is a situation hard to turn around.

That is exactly why current favourite for the job, Phil Scolari, affectionately known as ‘Big Phil’, turned down the job last year after it was thought he was the FA’s first choice. ‘Big Phil’ is currently 5/2 favourite.

Current Aston Villa manager, Martin O’Neill, who appeared to be the fans favourite for the job, is next in line at 5/1. Bolton manager Sam Allardyce, who openly expressed his desire for the job when it then became available, is at 7/1.

The list of managers thought to be in contention with Ladbrokes are as follows:

Luis Scolari: 5/2
Martin O’Neill: 5/1
Sam Allardyce: 7/1
Guus Hiddink: 10/1
Fabio Capello: 12/1
Steve Coppell: 14/1
Paul Jewell: 16/1
Terry Venables: 16/1
Stuart Pearce: 20/1
Arsene Wenger: 20/1

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-03-27 12:07:57




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