Wednesday, March 18, 2009
O'Neill stock rises with FA
It looks like Ashley Young isn't the only one to sing Martin O'Neill's praises. Givemefootball.com reports that O'Neill is the heir apparent to the English National team manager's job, if there was an decision for Fabio Capello to leave that post (and if Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were not available).
The combination of his successful track record, strong campaign this season with Aston Villa, and the development of rising England stars Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor have all seen O'Neill's stock rise with the English Football Association.
Shaun Custis of the Sun also reports that O’Neill is greatly admired by the FA’s new chief executive Ian Watmore, who likes the way he is bringing through so many English players.
An FA insider said: “There is no doubt Martin O’Neill’s stock has risen again. He is seen as the preferred candidate to take over from Fabio.”
Capello has a 4½-year contract with the FA running through to the European Championships of 2012. But there is an opt-out after the 2010 World Cup finals.
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 6:30 AM