Pardew, Clark or Powell: who will be the next England manager?

Okay, if the next England manager has to be English, who do we choose?  Here are some of the English manager currently employed as football managers (seems like a good filter), in order of preference (some rational, some not):

Alan Pardew – hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Lee Clark – knows how to win, was a good player, should be a dark horse, but ideally would have managed and succeeded in the Premiership. In that sense could’ve done with the Newcastle job.

Sam Allardyce – much as I hate the stereotyping of Allardyce as a manager, there’s obviously substance in the complaints about his style.  He is good at what he does, but this would send out the wrong messages to England fans. When sam hangs up his jacket he’ll look back on a strong but under-appreciated career. If he wants to be an international manager, though, I think he’ll be disappointed.

Chris Powell – interesting. I’d appoint him. Former Chairman of the PFA, actually played for England, and, much as I hate to say it (it should be – and will be – about merit) there’s the minority angle. His Charlton side are going well and it would be a welcome shift from the ‘famous person’ approach to hiring

Roy Hodgson – probably not after Liverpool. He was fantastic with Switzerland though and absent any other strong candidates the FA could do a lot worse.  They won’t go down this road though because Hodgson’s image has been tarnished by what happened at Anfield. Also England needs to be younger, more dynamic, and I don’t know if Roy’s the man for that.

Tony Mowbray – nice man, good football, but has he learned to defend? (this view may be out of date)

Brian McDermott – done surprisingly well at Reading and by all accounts very likeable. Not the sort of appointment we’d ever make but could do worse.

Nigel Clough – would be nice but hasn’t shown he can win

Ian Holloway – would be fun but probably lacks requisite sophistication. Should probably start wearing glasses or something.

Harry Redknapp – Keegan all over again (a motivator, not a tactician), but with added ‘character’ question marks. I wouldn’t…

Nigel Adkins – doing well at Southampton

Phil Brown – underrated – he achieved a lot at Hull – but obviously a no.

Simon Grayson – not setting the world alight at Leeds is he?

Paul Jewell – no.

Eddie Howe – no.

Micky Adams – nice as it would be, no.

Steve Bruce – doesn’t really seem to have a clue. Buys his teams and no obvious plan. No.

Neil Warnock – ha, no.

Nigel Pearson – won over half his games when in charge of Leicester, but otherwise his CV isn’t glittering

 Others to throw into the mix: Steve Coppell wouldn’t do it, Steve McLaren… oh, no, Gary Lineker (!), Paul Ince… oh I don’t know.  It’s not great is it? 

A lot of these names will never be considered.  But it’s not like the famous people have done better, is it?

5 thoughts on “Pardew, Clark or Powell: who will be the next England manager?

  1. It has to be Allardyce. This is not a joke, he is the best qualified man for the job:

    1) Knows how to motivate English players
    2) Knows how to suit tactics to limited resources – We have no passing midfielders, so lets go direct.
    3) Overachieves with his teams regularly
    4) Would be in charge for the next world cup and we could then get rid and focus on the supposed ‘new’ generation of better, more technical players, at which point Wenger steps in.
    5) The media reaction would be great.

    Seriously, look at the players England have – target men and speed merchants. A perfect Allardyce team.

  2. I read the headline as Hope Powell – not Chris. She would be an interesting choice. That won’t happen. But ‘none of the above’ is my answer. No-one appeals – maybe Clough although it should have been his dad.

  3. I used to buy into the whole “Redknapp is just a motivator, not a tactician” thing too, but I have to say that I just don’t believe it anymore. He’s not the greatest in the league, but he’s certainly not just sending his players out blind. I think he likes people to think this, whether it’s because he wants the opposition to believe there is no tactical master plan or whether it’s because he wants the public to view him as one of us, someone who just muddles along in the job and does quite well. It’s all part of his cosy relationship with the media: the press are willing to perpetuate the view that he’s Good Ol’ ‘Arry who managed Spurs to a Champions League place on motivation and sheer will. And the fact that Spurs got as far as they did in that competition shows that they must be doing something right.

    I mean, shifting Bale away from left-back and turning him into a dynamic attacking midfielder: that’s a tactical switch. Playing Van der Vaart as a second striker instead of just sticking two men up front in the traditional English way is a fairly big tactical decision to make, and one that he’s got spot on.

    So, actually, for all that I hate Redknapp, I suspect that he’s actually the best English candidate available at the moment. I’d prefer it if he was never allowed to speak in public whilst he has the job, but you can’t have everything I suppose.

  4. Roy must at last see how stupid his move to ‘Pool was. Shame he didn’t see it when everyone else did. It’s an indicator of a rare flaw in his character. If he’d stayed at Fulham, continued to help us overachieve, he would be in the box seat now. Instead, as you suggest, he is forever besmirched with Liverpool blood.

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