So the FA have finally told Sven to zip his pants, zip his mouth and win the World Cup! Already the bets are being laid on his successor with Englishmen to the fore, particularly Sam Alladyce of Bolton. Middlesbrough's recent 7-0 hammering by Arsenal will have done McLarens's chances no good at all, and yet he was seen as the heir apparent a couple of seasons ago. Alan Curbishley has the experience but not the achievement to recommend him for the job.
Best outside bet on a non-Englishmen has to be ex-Celtic manager Martin O'Neill. His is more than qualified for the job but he left his beloved Celtic in the Summer of 2005 to spend more time with his wife who has a serious illness. If he was going into international management you might have thought that the recent vacancy at the Republic of Ireland may have tempted the ex-Celtic manager, but apparently not, so one has to say, on balance that Martin is unlikely to be Sven's successor. However, with the replacement six months away and his wife's prognosis unknown at this point O'Neill may yet became the new Bhoy in charge of England.
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