Step forward Allardyce, Curbishley, McClaren, Pearce
Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley, Steve McClaren, Stuart Pearce : are you ready for the England manager's job?
After yesterday evening's statement that the FA and Eriksson had reached an agreement for the latter's immediate departure after the World Cup, I'm sure each one of these individuals will be asking themseleves this question right now. This is beacuse the race to replace Eriksson has no obvious favourite and each one has more or less an equal chance of gaining the poisoned chalice.
If you are an ambitious personality than the potential rewards that come with being an England manager are unbeatable: leading a proud footballing country to international football success.
This is the bait that lures candidates in. However, the reality of the position is that after an inital honeymoon period, the media will go on unremitting attack if you don't produce convincing excellent performances on a match-by-match basis.
Who is good, ambitious and mentally strong enough to take on this challenge?
At present, I make Allardyce the best English candidate (assuming the FA won't look overseas after the Eriksson debacle?). He has a lot of managerial experience, he is proven at being able to get the best out of his players, his team has consistely been on an upward curve, he is tactically astute, he is a progressive coach in terms of being open to the latest training techinques and technological aids, and finally he has the requisite passion that English fans are looking for after putting up with monotone Eriksson. In fact, he is a fearsome individual when it comes to match-time and I imagine any England player would immediately respond to his demands.
The next few days and weeks will all be about potential candidates ruling themselves in and ruling themselves out. Allardyce, Curbishley, McClaren, Pearce: are you ready and willing to step forward?