The source continued, “By then there’ll be an overwhelming clamour to get the best coach regardless of nationality, and once again we fully intend to be swept along by the tide of public opinion. Of course, we’ll have to pay through the nose to get the right man – probably about fifty million pounds a year – but we’ll make wage negotiations easy by making an early proclamation that money is no object, and for that we’ll get an absolutely top rate foreign coach. I mean, one who wears glasses and everything. He might not actually have any prior experience of international management but, y’know, how hard can it be?”
The move is sure to be controversial, not only because of the cost but because the press are already preparing to rehash stories about how he won’t understand the crude but passionate nature of the English game and how his language abilities inhibit effective man-management. But our source tells us that the FA have already anticipated these objections. “Yes, we’ve thought of that,” he assured us, “and therefore I can state now with complete confidence that the next manager after the next manager after the next manager after Capello is certain to be an Englishman.”
Harry Redknapp was unavailable for comment.