Next England manager betting: Could it be Mourinho?

Steve McClaren is gone…who will put themselves in possibly the hottest seat in world football – that of the England manger.

The bookies generally have Martin O’Neill and Jose Mourinho as the joint favourites – best-priced at 4/1 - though the Football Association would have to go someway to persuading both men to lead England’s under-performing stars.

Martin O’Neill was overlooked by the FA last time around and has now started to turn Aston Villa into a young and promising side. However, back then O’Neill had publicly stated his desire for the job. Whether or not he feels he can leave what he has started at Aston Villa is another matter.

Mourinho, on the other hand, has stated on numerous occasions that he feels the England manager should be English and if he was to ever manage a national side, it would be his native Portugal.

Furthermore, the FA always seem to pluck for a ‘yes man’ and both men will certainly say what’s on their mind.

Looking at the other possible candidates Fabio Capello is at 8/1 and Phil Scolari, who was the FA’s first choice before Steve McClaren, is at 10/1.

According to the bookies, Alan Shearer (who has never had a managerial job in his life) is the most likely Englishman to manage the national team at 12/1 - that probably says it all about the quality of English managers around at the moment.

Meanwhile, David Beckham earned his 99th cap last night and is 1/8 to reach the century milestone and 9/2 to agonisingly miss out.

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Editor, - 2007-11-22 12:05:41

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