Over the years England have had some great managers in charge of the national team, but there are a few occasions where the FA seriously missed the boat in terms of making the right appointment.
For every Sir Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson there was a Steve McClaren or a Roy Hodgson, mainly because the FA have a tendency to try and pick the safe option… that wen’t well with Sam Allardyce ?.
Here’s the six managers that the FA should have appointed…
For all of the shit that's been thrown at Brian Clough, there's one word that stands out above the rest - icon. There's a reason people call him the greatest manager England never had. Actually, there's about 50.
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Old 'Arry hasn't made many friends over the course of his career, but he doesn't need any to do this job.
'Houdini' as he's sometimes known as, he has the magical ability to transform teams into completely new sides as if he was on Stars in their Eyes. You don't need to be popular to accept the poisoned chalice that is this job, you just need to be good.
A truly out of the box selection for a truly out of the box guy. Klinsmann would be an absolutely massive risk, yes, but wouldn't it be nice to see the higher-ups have some bollocks for once. Try something different. The German has done wonders with the Americans and we need to stop thinking we're entitled to the best managers in the world - news flash, we're shite.
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The 'Special One', who seems to have turned into The Moody One, seemed poised to take the position at one point but alas it wasn't to be. There was a time where he would've been the ideal man for the job, because everything he touched literally turned into gold. Oh so many people would despise the move, but Mourinho wouldn't just get results - he'd turn us into a powerhouse.
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Legend. Visionary. Genius. All of those words and so very many more perfectly describe Bob Paisley. The world knows him as one of the greatest ever and there's no arguments there. Paisley would've picked England up, brushed them down, shovelled out the shit and started fresh. It would've been risky for him to put his legacy on the line, but what a ride it would've been.
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Sir Alex Ferguson
There isn't much that hasn't been said about Ferguson, but to be honest he's probably the least convincing name on the list. The 74-year-old had a short tenure with Scotland, and this is his only notable international experience. So it would have been a big gamble.
Then again, if Fergie can win the title with some of the absolute tosh he's had over the years, he could probably achieve literally anything.
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Unfortunately, the FA have just got it wrong for years now. Throughout history people have been left wondering “what if” when it comes to England – all these managers are a perfect example of that – and we can’t see Gareth Southgate changing that.
We’ll continue to moan at the international break, and we’ll continue to discuss whether Wayne Rooney should be playing at centre-back in 2022.