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.â€“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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“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.
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