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|Geplaatst: 19-01-2018 08:23:05 Onderwerp: how the FA made Phil Neville
|What an amusing inevitability to learn that Phil Neville is the frontrunner for the job of managing the England womenís side. I very much enjoyed my colleague Louise Taylorís report into the matter, which stated: ďIt is understood the 40-year-oldís name was initially suggested to the Football Association in a lighthearted manner by a well-known broadcaster at a drinks reception last month.Ē
This is my favourite How Job Applications Work story since George Osborneís friends asked the former chancellor for his advice on their pitches for the Evening Standard editorship. Sorry, guys Ė he had a look at your proposals, but in the end the opportunity was just too good to pass up. A failed candidate for the Timesís graduate trainee scheme back in the day, he proceeded straight to newspaper editor.
Indeed, the latter tale was my favourite How Job Applications Work story since Georgeís pal Michael Gove decided to knife their other pal Boris Johnson during the post-referendum Tory leadership contest, justifying it thus: ďI compare it to a group of people standing outside a collapsing building, wondering who is going to rescue a child inside. I thought: well, I donít think Iíve got either the strength or the speed for this, but as I looked around, I thought, God, Iím at least as strong and at least as fast as the others. Iíve got to try to save the child.Ē To which the response turned out to be: police have arrested a 49-year-old west London man on suspicion of blowing up a building he later claimed to be rescuing a child from.
Anyway, back to the Neville appointment, reportedly almost a done deal. I suppose itís one form of positive discrimination Ė the FA has refused to let Neville Doug McDermott Jersey be held back by the fact he has never managed a football team, or by Authentic Albert Pujols Jersey the fact he didnít apply for the job.
Even so, plenty of people are wondering quite why he seems the best option for an http://www.authenticsandiegopadresshop.com/Dave-Winfield-Jersey FA supposedly committed to being less brutally self-parodic in 2018. In December, Baroness Sue Campbell Ė the head of womenís football Ė was acknowledging a problem with the lack of female applicants for the position: ďItís not about neglect,Ē she judged, ďitís more that we havenít proactively gone out and tried to address the big issues. Now we are doing this.Ē
Alas, it looks like they havenít quite done it in time not to have to parachute in a man who hasnít managed before. Still, you have to admire the FAís belief that the poor optics are worth it, so very soon after its handling of the Eni Aluko and Mark Sampson cases, which secured it that calamitous select committee appearance in October.
Anyone who cares about England football will wish Neville every success but letís hope the FA devotes serious time to analysing why it has reportedly been rejected by the more qualified candidates it shortlisted. Fear of scrutiny is believed to be the main reason but should not have been insurmountable. If it has turned out to be, as seems the case, then that is a failing on the FAís part. This is a great job. England are ranked No 1 in Europe and No 3 in the world, and after reaching both the last World Cup and Euro semi-finals will be regarded as having a good chance of winning the World Cup next year.
Furthermore, Sampsonís salary was said to fall between £100,000 and £150,000 a year, which Ė while a fraction of that paid to a series of underachieving coaches of the menís side Ė isnít too bad for a part-time job. I am sure Neville can see the opportunities of the position (just as I am sure he wonít be on a mere £150,000).
Perhaps the most controversial thing about the process of appointing the England manager, though, is that it is being managed by indestructible FA technical director Dan Ashworth. Inevitably, it is Ashworth who is said to have personally approached Neville.
Can it really be less than three months ago that people were describing Ashworthís position as untenable, with Dame Heather Rabbatts rightly predicting nothing would change if he http://www.officialpanthersfootballauthentic.com/Nike-Jj-Jansen-Jersey.html stayed in charge? And here we are. To imagine Ashworthís position as untenable was always to fundamentally misunderstand the nature of British public life. Whole strata of it are full of chaps who have risen without trace and are seemingly unsinkable. They were being satirised by Anthony Powell in the character of Kenneth Widmerpool in 1951, being a recognisable character type even then. cheap nfl jerseys usa cheap nfl jerseys from china nhl jerseys cheap wholesale jerseys nfl