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Ferguson for England? Here’s what the papers are saying about the hardest job in football

Meanwhile, some reports suggest appointing Harry Redknapp to the position could cost the FA £10million.

Kenny Dalglish has michievously thrown Ferguson's name in the hat for the vacant England job.
Kenny Dalglish has michievously thrown Ferguson's name in the hat for the vacant England job.

£10MILLION FOR Redknapp? Capello gagged by FA? Ferguson for England?

Given that there’s no shortage of news on the England job today, here’s a round-up of the main stories.

  • Should the FA chose to appoint Harry Redknapp as their next manager before this summer’s European Championships, the appointment will likely cost them in the region of £10million, according to the Daily Mail – and that’s before you take into account wages, bonuses etc.
  • Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror indicates that the fee will be closer to £5million.
  • The same paper reports that the FA have had to defend themselves against accusations of hypocrisy, after Stuart Pearce, while playing for England in 1994, was forced to apologise for alleged racial abuse aimed at his fellow squad member at the time, Paul Ince.
  • The Sun reports that Fabio Capello has already emerged as a contender to replace Andre Villas Boas at Chelsea, while he has already been confirmed for one job – as a pundit for Italian television during the European Championships, according to the Daily Mail. Capello, however, will not be able to cast his expert opinion on England games, in accordance with the terms of his reported £1.5million pay-off.
  • The Sun also reports that the FA have considered letting Redknapp take over as England manager on a temporary basis, allowing him to return to the Tottenham job after the Euros.
  • And finally, a host of names, including Alex Ferguson, Alan Shearer and Jamie Carragher have indicated Redknapp is the best man for the job. Kenny Dalglish, meanwhile, has somewhat mischievously suggested that Ferguson should throw his hat in the ring.

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