Next England manager odds on Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is the favourite to become the next England manager after a string of comments, mostly aimed at the English Football Association (FA), and a brief interview with Sky Sports News last night.

Mourinho was reported to have issued a ‘come and get me plea’ to the FA and in the informal interview with Sky Sports News (the reporter was asking him questions on the doorstep of Mourinho’s home in Portugal) he said he knew nothing about an approach from the FA and went on to say he was “enjoying” his life but “not 100 per cent because there is no football”.

Brian Barwick, head of the FA, is the man charged with finding the right man for the job and the English supporters will definitely not accept another dud like Steve McClaren. Even a speculated salary of £4 million-a-year would not deter the FA nor irk the England fans.

Mourinho brought un-chartered success to Chelsea and is proving popular with the England fans.

“There can be little doubt who the public want to be the next England manager as we have seen grass roots support from up and down the country. Only time will prove whether they are betting with their heads not their hearts," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams referring, of course, to Mourinho.

As a result, Hills has slashed the odds on Mourinho from 4/1 to 10/11.

Meanwhile, the hopes of one of the leading English contenders for the job seem to have disintegrated. Harry Redknapp, who had received some moderate backing, was arrested and later released on bail yesterday after questioning from the police regarding alleged corruption in football.

Next England Manager Betting: Selected Odds

Paddy Power - Free £20 bet

Jose Mourinho: 5/4
Fabio Capello: 7/2
Martin O'Neill: 7/1

Ladbrokes - Free £10 Bet

Jose Mourinho: 7/4
Fabio Capello: 9/4
Martin O'Neill: 7/1

Editor, - 2007-11-29 11:51:20

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