Predictions are here.
Please make this England manager thing stop. Alan Curbishley thinks he has blown it as no-one has given him a call. Guus Hiddink has got the hump with how long the process has taken (haven't we all?) and buggered off to Russia. Big Sam is committed to the Bolton job, despite clearly desperately wanting the FA to appoint him. And apparently, the bookies favourite is now Steve McLaren. 'Big Phil' Scolari and Martin O'Neill remain in the mix.
Discounting the fact me and a couple of colleagues have £400 on Martin O'Neill to become the next Newcastle manager, I wish the FA would decide. If they are going for an Englishman (definition now includes Northern Ireland apparently), they should pick someone and get this farce over with. By the time Sam Allardyce has his fourth interview, even he might get a bit peed off with the process.
Steve McLaren seems to be the only man with the credentials in terms of experience at a high club level and at international level (England only play in cups, remember) but a less charismatic man it would be difficult to find. If the FA want a safe pair of hands, that's what they will certainly get with McLaren. (Although Stuart Downing might get an England cap).
So, who do we want, then? Seeing as the FA seem to have ruled out any decent choices (I'd have had Hiddink myself. Actually, no, I wouldn't have got rid of Sven...) with their remaining shortlist, it's got to be McLaren for me, I think. I must be getting old....