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Alan Pardew: Jose Mourinho should be next England boss


Euro 2016 could be Hodgson’s last tournament

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has tipped his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho to become the next England boss.

Roy Hodgson’s four-year contract with the FA runs out next year, meaning that European Championships may be his last tournament as the country’s gaffer.

Pardew himself has been linked with the role due to how well he is doing at Selhurst Park, but insists he wants to see how far he can take Palace who currently sit fourth in the Premier League.

The 54-year old is on a rumoured shortlist of ‘home grown’ managers to replace Hodgson. Said list apparently contains the recently axed Brendan Rodgers according to the Telegraph.

‘It is a position I would consider’

Despite the speculation, Pardew has insisted that Hodgson has done a good job during his time with England.

When speaking to FourFourTwo, he said: “At the moment Roy Hodgson could not be doing any better, we have qualified for the Euros and won every game.”

However, he added: “I am an Englishman, so it is a position I would consider, of course. For the England job, it is going to be about where you are when the chance comes; if your flag is up the pole or down the pole. I hope that if it does come around at some stage, my flag is up the pole.”

‘I would try to get Jose Mourinho’

“If I was the FA and wanted to win the World Cup, I would try to get Jose Mourinho. You need to understand English players, and he has worked with English players for several years,” admitted Pardew.

“It would disappoint me, but I would also be pleased because Jose… he gets it. I couldn’t see that with Sven Goran Eriksson or Fabio Capello.”

“Maybe Jose could be tempted, but I don’t know. He is the best manager in the world and the England job is one where you have to be able to win without the best players; you have to be clever to win a major tournament,” suggested the former Newcastle United chief.


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