English football is set for a massive shake up following the embarrassing Euro exit at the hands of Iceland with the surprise appointment of a controversial manager.
He didn’t get the job back in the 1970s when he should have, despite applying several times, but it appears that an old CV has been found in the FA headquarters at Lancaster Gate – and Brian Clough, dubbed ‘the greatest manager England never had’ will finally be given a crack at the job.
An FA chief is rumoured to have said:
“I can’t understand why this man isn’t already in the role,”
“Look at this – he’s taken Derby County into the First Division, won the League then done it again and lifted the European Cup with Nottingham Forest. He’s perfect.”
When it was pointed out by an eagle-eyed reporter that the CV the FA were pouring over was actually an old one of Clough’s that had been discovered under the carpet behind the door by mistake, the room fell silent.
It is believed that England may be looking at re-employing Glenn Hoddle’s faith healer and a medium in an attempt to contact Clough in the spirit world to offer him the post.
I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one
Former England striker, Alan Shearer, threw his name into the hat for the job live on BBC TV in the wake of the 2-1 defeat by the Vikings and revealed the FA felt he didn’t have the experience required for the job.
By plumping for ex-Hartlepool forward Clough, whose managerial life was documented in the controversial book and film The Damned United, it’s reckoned that England’s pampered, overpaid and underperforming stars will be given the boot up the backside that they need.
Cloughie for England!