A fate worse than prison
Two managers hit the headlines on Wednesday afternoon, with the upshot of it all being that Harry Redknapp has avoided jail and faces the much more terrible prospect of being England manager.
February 9th, 2012
News of Redknapp’s acquittal for tax evasion was soon over shadowed by Fabio Capello’s resignation as England manager. Mr Capello, who was unhappy at being told by a man in a suit who he can and can’t make captain of his football team, resigned after being told by a man in a suit who he can and can’t make captain of his football team. In England, who wears the mystic red armband of glory is perhaps more important that the actual football itself.
Clearly the FA want a role model to be the England captain so naturally, the shortlist includes a man who was previously charged with attacking a nightclub DJ, a man who, aside from picking up expensive hookers in casinos, is suspended for the next two games for kicking a Montenegrin in the back of the leg, a man who served a two year ban for missing a drugs test and Ashley Cole.
Out of left field, Scott Parker is a name that keeps cropping up – and it would save ‘Arry the trauma of tying to send a text message to the new captain.
Of course, the FA being the FA, they have already messed up the appointment of a new manager by announcing that he should be English which, if ‘Arry doesn’t want the gig, would force the FA into a hilarious back-track or a not so hilarious act of “give the job to someone who’s not up to it”.
The bookies, unsurprisingly, have ‘Arry as the favourite (the best you’ll get is 4/9 from William Hill), with Stuart Pearce next in line at 15/2 (Paddy Power). Beyond those, the bookies seem to be favouring Guus Hiddink, Jose Mourinho and Roy Hodgson.