How must Big Sam be feeling this morning after agreeing with the FA last night that his position was untenable? Not too great I would imagine.
I hope he didn’t head to the nearest bar and get rat-arsed after leaving Wembley in his top of the range white Range Rover (I wonder if he got a special deal from the dealer because he was England manager when he bought it) because to wake up with a massive hangover on top of all this would be a nightmare. Still, on the bright side I bet Bradley Wiggins is feeling a bit better today.
I would imagine Big Sam is currently phoning round trying to get a good deal on a trip to the Far East until all this nastiness blows over. Well, maybe not the Far East. Somebody might ask him to do a keynote speech if he was over there which he might want to avoid doing until all this nonsense goes away.
Maybe somewhere in Florida would be nice. Take the grandchildren to Disneyland, maybe even check out the deals on a holiday villa near the fun parks of Kissimmee. Apparently you can get a good deal on holiday rents in the height of summer, could be a nice little earner.
Will there be a way back into football management for the big chap when he gets back from his trip? I think he probably does have a future in management, probably even at Premier League level. In two months’ time when somebody is languishing in the bottom three with Premier League survival on the line, who you gonna call? Certainly not Ghostbusters.
I doubt there are too many Premier League owners who would be too concerned about Big Sam’s morals when compared with his ability to keep their team out of the bottom three come May. He will be back in the Premier League before the shops have their Christmas selection boxes on their shelves…..well, maybe not as quickly as that. Apparently the shops do already have Christmas selection boxes on the shelves according to Mrs. Punt, but you know what I mean.
It would be good entertainment to be present the next time Big Sam bumps into England’s former manager Roy Hodgson or his former coach, Gary Neville, at a match. “Woy” as Big Sam called him in the video…..that’s just painfully embarrassing for both of them. I suspect Mr. Neville might be a bit more aggressive in his approach to confronting Big Sam than Roy will. I’m sure he has had an excellent relationship in the past with Big Sam due to his closeness to his former boss, Sir Fergie.
Looking at the bigger picture, what does it mean for the England team? It would have been interesting to see how Big Sam would have done with England in a tournament. Unfortunately, we will now never know. The job he has craved his whole life has come and gone in 67 days. They will still qualify comfortably for the World Cup, of that there is no doubt, but who will be leading them by the time we get to Russia in 2018?
Gareth Southgate is taking over for the next four games. This gives the FA until March to find a permanent replacement, and do they really need all that time? They only appointed the latest manager 67 days ago so surely they have a good idea of who else was in the running to get the post. Who will be the next one of the rank? Will they go for someone from left-field? I doubt it. This next appointment will be ultra-safe with no skeletons in his cupboard and will need to be whiter than white. Unfortunately for the FA, I’m not sure there is anyone in football who fits that bill.
I would give it to Glenn Hoddle if it must be an Englishman. The bookies have Steve Bruce, Alan Pardew and Eddie Howe as their frontrunners, none of whom have won anything more than an English Championship, which used to be called the Second Division in my day.
Hoddle has at least taken England to a major tournament before he became a god-botherer in public. He was fairly critical of Hodgson’s team at the Euros in his role of ITV co-commentator so I think it would be good entertainment to see how he would cope with a vastly inferior group of players than the ones he took to France in 1998.
Anyhoo, if nothing else the England team and their manager situation always provides excellent entertainment for those who prefer club football or are not of an English persuasion. Long may that continue.
GET IN THERE!!