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  • Sfer Sfer Jun 19, 2012 13:12 Flag

    Des Kelly on Levy and 'arry

    Personally I don't have any doubt that when Arry made it clear he would accept the England job if it was offered plans were put in place to find a successor.

    This may have helped make the decision to let Arry go when he did not actually get offered the England job and if it did Arry has only himself to blame.

    It may be that Levy has/had a replacement in mind but for whatever reason it has A) fallen through (excessive salary demands!) or B) whoever it is cannot commit to signing the contract yet (Laurent Blanc!)

    If it is A then I hope they get it sorted ASAP to give the new man a chance in the transfer market and if its B then I would be reasonably happy if Blanc gets the job.

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    • PS This is also then interesting IMHO - as even though Hodgson wasn't being put forward by all and sundry, he allegedly came out and said this:

      I find it interesting in the terminology used. 'Pinnacle', 'honoured'....
      maybe it's an 'old guard' thing. It's odd as you tend not to recall what managers other than your own do. I didn't take much notice of it at the time.

      I wonder if West Brom started looking at the same time?

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      • Who knows "exactly" when Levy starrted looking and does it really matter. He would be not doing his job properly if he had done nothing IMO. There were probably lots of discussions between Levy and Arry and who knows exactly when and why Levy decided a succession plan was needed.

        Certainly the language used by Arry and Hodgson is "old school" and they bost saw the England Managers job as being the pinnacle of their careers. I am not sure if, for example, it had been offered to a younger man they would have seen it in the same way. Over recent years the job has become less of a privilige and more of a very heavy burden which has destroyed perfectly capable team managers. Venables, Taylor, McClaren etc. Sven was an idiot so I don't include him and Cappello didn't give a stuff because he knew he could go get another big team to manage regardless of what happened. Venables never really recovered and certainly Taylor is a shell of the man he was. Only McClaren has survived but he had to go abroad to do it and I just can't see him ever managing a big PL side due to the image of him whilst England Manager. Thats what it can do to someone.

    • Interesting Sfer. So you think Levy would have started looking way back at the point of the 'pinnacle' interview?

      (I like 'arry's consistency in this case, as he still used 'It would be hard to turn it down' as he did in the Lineker interview)

      Or do you think Levy would have not bothered pre Feb court case - on the assumption that England (and maybe Spurs) wouldn't have wanted 'arry should he have lost.

      Given that 'arry then made it clear ages back what he thought re England - you agree that Levy was probably looking then since Feb'ish?