England manager Sam Allardyce is under serious pressure right now having been filmed giving advice to undercover Telegraph reporters posing as Far East businessmen on how to “get around rules” about third-party ownership of players. The 61-year-old said it was “not a problem” to bypass the rules which in 2008 were banned by his employer, the FA.
He spoken about knowing agents that were “doing it all the time”, the former Sunderland manager, talked about a deal for which he would be paid £400,000 a year to address investors in a firm that wanted to buy footballers in Singapore or Hong Kong around four times over the year.
Big Sam also mocked his predecessor Roy Hodgson, calling him “Woy”, and also spoke negatively about his assistant Gary Neville in the secret recordings. Allardyce also criticised the England players in the Euros, but personally I see little problem with that as it’s merely an opinion – and one that many England fans share.
Having only been in charge for England after one game, it’s safe to say his future as England manager is in jeopardy. The FA requested a full transcript of the meetings with the undercover reporters.
The FA announced on their website, that they have made an approach to West Brom to make Roy Hodgson the next England manager. Yes – Roy Hodgson – not ‘Arry Redknapp. Here is the statement in full:
West Bromwich Albion have today granted permission for The FA to speak with Roy Hodgson regarding the position of England Manager.
This follows an approach from FA Chairman David Bernstein to West Bromwich Albion Chairman Jeremy Peace.
David Bernstein said: “I’m grateful to Jeremy and all at West Bromwich Albion for their co-operation in allowing us to approach Roy, who I have since spoken with. Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello’s departure. Further conversations will now take place with Roy and my Club England colleagues before any further announcements can be made.”
The 64-year old’s contract at WBA expires on 30 June, negating the need to pay his club any compensation. That would not have been the case with Redknapp – who was highly speculated by the press to fill the role. He would have cost the FA upwards of £8m to secure from Spurs. Was money the motivation for the FA to chase Hodgson instead of the hugely popular ‘Arry? Possibly.
However, it’s not the first time the FA have looked at Hogdson for the England job. In 2000, he was one of three candidates for the role. Eventually it was won by Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Hodgson may not be the most popular choice amongst England fans, but he is a no-nonsense coach with a great mind for the game. An old school manager that lists Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham, Udinese, Blackburn, Switzerland and Finland to name but a few on his managerial CV.
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So Fabio Capello resigned as manager of England and, of course, the English media were quick to speculate who could take over the reigns (José Mourinho and Arsene Wenger were just two names mentioned on TV literally within minutes of his resignation). But who will be the next England manager? How will England fare with a new boss just months before they embark on another major tournament.
Well, the FA chairman David Bernstein said in his press conference that he is “not prepared to rule out anything but an Englishman or British person would have a good start”. So who’s the best man for the job then? Stuart “Phsycho” Pearce will take temporary charge of England for this month’s friendly against Holland – but he’s not the right man to take the reigns on a permanent basis. The media (and some England players also) seem to be concentrating on our favourite wheeler-dealer, Mr. Harry Redknapp.
‘Arry said his main focus was on managing Tottenham and that he had not thought about the England job. Well, of course he would say that. He is possibly one of, if not then THE best man for the job. But even if offered it, would he take it? He way well not – Spurs are doing mighty fine and he’s the reason behind that. So who else is there? Roy Hodgson? I can’t see that happening. David Moyes? I strongly doubt it. Alan Pardew? He won’t even be shortlisted. Who? Maybe another foreign manager is the way to go.
'Arry could get the top job
Of course, The Special One would be welcomed back into England with open arms. But it’d be very unlikely for him to part company with Real Madrid – especially now at this point in the season with Los Blancos top of La Liga. Arsene Wenger was mentioned? He wouldn’t leave Arsenal. And I don’t think he’d be too keen to manage England. What about Guus Hiddink? He wouldn’t be a bad choice in my view. But would the FA hire him?
Whoever gets the full time gig may have to deal with some issues before even setting foot on a training ground such as the captaincy and if John Terry and Rio Ferdinand play together at centre-half or if JT should be selected at all given recent events. Interesting times ahead. Watch this space…