Why David Moyes should be a candidate for the next England boss
I appeared on a TV show last week in which one debate was who the FA would turn to should Harry Redknapp — for one reason or another — not be installed as the next England manager.
English candidates were thin on the ground. Alan Pardew got a left-field shout, Roy Hodgson an honourable mention.
In betting lists, Jose Mourinho, who was close to accepting it last time, is still quietly fancied while Martin O’Neill has increasing support.
But for some reason, the nation which produces a glut of Premier League managers — seven at the last count — was not in the discussion.
It has become clear — whether we like it or not — that if a suitable Englishman is not available, the FA will again countenance a foreign manager.
But not a Scot, I’m guessing. Why not?
Surely, the rivalry and enmity has now been diluted to such an extent that it would hardly offend any reasonable Englishman?
Watching the progress of Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell under David Moyes — Everton’s boss can claim some credit for Joleon Lescott’s international improvement too — it struck me that his absence from a shortlist would be negligent.
And based solely on an outdated, casually xenophobic mindset.