Monday, 13 September 2010

Who's next on the chopping block?

With Fabio Capello announcing he will retire from management, the hunt is on for his successor. The general consensus is that the FA have to pick an English manager to succeed him. The usual suspects are already being lined up for the job, which ranks as one of football's most pressurised positions. The position is pretty much a poisoned chalice and although England have won nothing for more than 40 years, anything less than success and the boss is slaughtered by the press and public.

Despite this pressure, it still ranks as one of the most attractive jobs in football. Aside from the humongous contracts that the FA hands out, the chance to coach some of the most talented players in the world is an opportunity few turn down. The fact is that none of the recent national team bosses have managed to make this team click when it matters and pundits like Betfair Football Andy Gray know that's what counts in the end.

The biggest thing about coaching England has to be the ability to motivate the talented squad. The team has enough talent but needs a manager to get them believing in themselves. The England job doesn't need a master tactician; it needs the type of school coach that got these players psyched up for matches when they were 12, 13, and 14. When this England team start enjoying the pressure of playing for their country rather than folding under it, then they will have a chance of challenging the world's best.

Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce and Stuart Pearce have all been linked to the job and all have the power to motivate in bucket loads. Allardyce and Redknapp have been linked with the job for years now but will have their best chance when Capello steps down. Both managers would come with a bit of baggage and that may make them less attractive.

Pearce looks to have been groomed for the job for a few years now. He has been a part of the national team coaching set-up for a few years along with his role as Under-21 boss. He would be a pretty good choice for the job, the players and fans both have plenty of respect for Pearce. His domestic managerial experience hasn't been a massive success but he has done a good job in his England roles and could prove to be a good choice should the FA choose him.

Until then Capello has the chance to leave a legacy in this country if he manages to bring success in Euro 2012 in what will be his swansong.

Meanwhile, the Fulham betting tips suggest the side will struggle to finish in the top half this season.

However, the team did enjoy a good win over Wolves at the weekend.