England Job Too Soon For Jose

Sir Bobby Robson, who won the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of The Year ceremony on Sunday talked yesterday about Jose Mourinho potentially taking the England job yesterday.


Bobby Robson – Mourinho worked for him at Barcelona

It turns out that Bobby is one of the top figures in football whom FA chief executive Brian Barwick has spoken to for advice as he seeks to select Steve McClaren’s successor, who should never have been appointed in the first place.

Former England manager Robson, believes Jose Mourinho would be a strong candidate, but Bobby wonders if the time is right for him to swap club management for international management.

Bobby said yesterday:

“Most of us would prefer for an English manager to be appointed, I would. The job should be in the hands of an Englishman and I feel strong about that.”“But the FA want the best man for the job and if they feel at the moment that there isn’t a strong English candidate who ticks all the boxes, then we may have to go British or abroad.”

“I’ve had a chat with Brian Barwick and I’ve passed on to Brian Barwick my views, and Brian Barwick will be responsible for deciding and announcing the next England manager. He is rowing the boat and he doesn’t want to make a mistake. I hope we get the right man.”

“Could Jose Mourinho do the job? It is different and he is young. When I got the job, I’d been 14 years as a manager in England with Ipswich and learned how to coach and manage with low budgets.”

“Jose has been at the top level for four years. You might think ‘is it too soon’? It will depend on Jose, how he feels, but he is a clever lad, he is intelligent and bright and confident.”

Well Bobby doesn’t give much away there, but we think the England job may come a bit early for Jose. Although there is no doubt that his appointment as England manager would excite and revitalize England supporters. Jose could easily have us back at the top very very soon.

But we wonder if the England manager’s job would be enough for Jose, at this stage of his career. We think not, and believe he will plump for another club job, probably somewhere in Italy. It’s something that he can do in the future, but it’s too early right now for him.

What do you think about this?

Let us know – comments always welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Leo

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    i actually had a change of heart about jose while reading this article. i think now he would be a great manager to take england NOW because he will want to suceed, he doesnt like to loose, and will fight for it, unlike mclown, he will show some heart atleast.

  • Leo

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    i would like shearer in there also though, help him get some experience.

  • George

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    We should go english for an england manager, do the FA honestly think that these foreign managers think anything good about english football. Afterall, is it not these imported managers who started the ball rolling with far to many imported players.

  • Graeme

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    I also thought Jose would be the perfect choice and likewise have had to re think the idea. He is an “every day” manager who thrives on the competition of the game. Managing England for the next 18 months would give him nothing but a few meaningless friendlies before world cup qualifying started.

    I think he would be bored senseless watching the videos of what little talent we have displayed in the last 18 months. I can understand why he has said “NO” and will go to club football again. Good luck to him and whoever does agree to take it on – its a pretty thankless task when its all said and done!!!!!!

  • Bill F

    Dec 11, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah why not get Sir Bob in as a caretaker with Shearer on board.

  • geordiejordan

    Dec 11, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #6

    transfer update from nufc.com:
    no edmilson, hangeland or golan in january.
    edmilson due to fitness, hangeland is “not on our radar” according to sam and golan “is not for us”

  • Bobby Ollox

    Dec 11, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    I cant have been the only one emotionally moved by the lifetime award that SBR got on Sunday night. It was thoroughly well deserved, but I was shocked by the the apparent deterioration in his health.

    In the few years since he was kicking a ball around our training pitch he seems to be much more frail.
    But when he opened his mouth and delivered a witty, humorous and intelligent 5 minute word perfect speech without notes, you could see the old boys brain was as sharp as ever.

    I dont think anyone should expect to see him as part of an international set up though in any capacity – he has done his bit, and he looked like he needed a good well earned rest.

  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 11, 2007 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Moved to tears I was watching the great man speak. Shocked to see how frail he looked walking but he did warn us he was ‘slightly disabled’. He has had so much to cope with physically in his fight against cancer. Good luck Bobby, have a rest, but share your words of wisdom with BSam


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