Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager and inevitably the question of who will replace the Italian will begin to crop up. There are various managers who would want the job, are qualified for the job or both. The favourite for the England managers job on a permanent basis will of course be Harry Redknapp who of course escaped court charges along with Milan Mandaric. I will be analysing 6 candidates for the job, their pros and cons, as well as ranking them in order of preference.
6) Roy Hodgson – The current manager of West Bromwich Albion was heavily linked to the job when he lead Fulham to the 2010 Europa League final, however since then Hodgson’s stock has fallen; an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool has tarnished his reputation amongst the footballing world. Whilst he has experience managing around Europe, Hodgson’s lack of big time success my taint his chances of becoming the England manager
5) Stuart Pearce – The current England Under 21’s boss lead the youngsters to a final and a lot of the players that played in that tournament are now in the England set-up. Pearce knows the players, and can continue the current style of management. However having been put in charge of the Olympic team and with little management experience in the spotlight, Stuart Peace may have to wait a while if he ever is to become an England manager.
4) Alan Pardew – The Newcastle manager has been made one of the favourites for the England job after guiding Newcastle to their current 5th place in the Premier League and just outside of Europe. This recent spell of success has the media pointing out that Pardew could do the England job. However, surely we can’t just appoint a manager for one good season? Pardew has failed at Charlton and Southampton, therefore has plenty of low points in his managerial career.
3) Guus Hiddink – The Former South Korea, Australia, Russia, Turkey and Chelsea manager has reached a World Cup Semi-final and won the FA Cup as a manager. He has bags of international management experience and is currently unemployed. The biggest issue with Hiddink is that he is not English. The fans and FA will most likely look towards and English manager to follow Fabio.
2) Jose Mourinho – Surely the hottest ticket in town; management wise. He has won the Premier League, Champions League twice, Carling Cup, Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Copa Del Rey. He could be the first manager to win Spain, England and Italy’s top flight, with rumours of a Madrid exit on the cards. The biggest worry would be his lack of international experience.
1) Harry Redknapp – There is good reason why Harry Redknapp is the favourite for the England managers job. He has turned Tottenham into an attractive team, he is good with the players, he has been cleared of criminal charges and he is English. This season he has guided Tottenham into 3rd place whilst he also lead them to the Champions League quarter final. However, he has never managed an international team.