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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

More On Sven

Regular readers of this blog will have noticed a lack of posting in the last week. While I could have thrown in my opinion about the FA's decision to terminate Sven's contract after the 2006 World Cup Finals, the fact that - really - I couldn't care less, somehow stopped me.

The speculation about who will replace him is fun though. While my cold hard cash is on Guus Hiddink (particularly because Sven told some people in Stockholm that
Hiddink would get the job !) , I would like to see Sam Allardyce get the gig. He's a clearly very astute manager at the cutting edge of the latest management techniques.

Further, all that old nonsense about 'he's never worked at that level' and 'can he handle the big star/millionaire egos ?' is just a red herring. Getting Bolton into Europe is surely a greater and more difficult achievement than telling 11 of the country's most talented players to go and play a bit.

As for the 'big stars' thing - well, he's handled Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff , El Hadji Diouf and many others better than their previous - more high profile - managers, so he obviously knows a thing or two about man management.

Even better is that England's European Championship qualifying group gives him two years to learn the job while England's finest turn over Macedonia, Andorra, Estonia, etc.

Big Sam really is the man.

Incidentally, there's
a great article here from a US perspective on the whole thing. Well worth a read.

posted by mark_s at 12:02 PM


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