Mirror man’s “Slav for England” call


BilicThe Mirror’s Dave Kidd today (Tues) makes the entirely outrageous suggestion that West Ham should allow Slaven Bilic to become England manager.

In a lengthy piece in the Mirror he writes: “If they (the Hammers) really want to do their nation proud, they should allow Slaven Bilic to leave with their blessing and take over England (they won’t, of course).

Kidd’s piece is based on the anxiety that Sam Allardyce will become the next England boss and says: “Chillingly, there are suggestions that Sunderland boss Allardyce is the one Englishman under serious consideration to succeed Roy Hodgson.

And by deciding to spend weeks and months deliberating, the FA are allowing the kick-starting of a bandwagon, equipped with a satnav set to ‘Destination: knacker’s yard’.”

He adds: “In one small but voluble group of men, Allardyce is regarded as a latter-day Brian Clough, England’s great lost hope.

And now the MOOBS (Mates Of Old Big Sam) are out and proud again.

In the minds of the MOOBS, the power-point presentation Allardyce delivered to the FA when interviewed for the England job in 2006 has taken on mythical qualities.

Any West Ham supporter will tell you his joyless brand of football and charmless, self-regarding ‘**** you’ PR approach are the last things England need.

They are just about the most patriotic football club around, the Hammers.”

It’s at this point – whilst admitting they won’t do it that Kidd calls for Slav describing the Hammers as the most patriotic club around.

His views in full on the prospect of an Allardyce accession to the top job can be read here: 

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • hammersfan01 says:

    Given the choice of us doing well or England doing well, I’m sure the lion’s share of our fans would prefer us to do well, so that means a polite “get stuffed” to this kind of suggestion.

  • MerryMichaelW says:

    Well, I don’t know. All in all, that was pretty complimentary.

    I enjoyed the bit about “equipped with a satnav set to ‘Destination: knacker’s yard’”!!!


  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Sam is the perfect man to work for Emgland, he will make a group of players with limited ability play within themselves in a strictly defensive formation, he would certainly be more successful in Tournaments than previous England managers. If the FA want to see the ultimate success from the last 30 years of brainwashing kids about how they should act with and without the ball Sam is the man to realise the unintended goal and realisation of their stupid obsession, I will laugh long and loud if they sign him but I would not be surprised if it turned out to be a very successful appointment.

  • ironswatch says:

    ye go for SAM leave leave out man alone

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