England: Glory Or Failure?
Keegan puts the phone down
I just sat there in disbelief! I mean I had never had a phone call that long before, and some of the questions!
"Can you definitively tell us, the F.A. that you can win the World Cup and the European Championship?"
How do they want that answered, I mean do you lie and say yes! Absolutely! or do you tell them the truth, which is what I did.
"I believe that if I was to be given the freedom to bring in who I want and able to pick the players that I want to pick, then there would be a possibility. I feel England have a great core of youngsters, who if given the right mentoring can become world class players"
Now I did not know if that was what they were looking for, no I know it is was not the answer they were looking for but they were getting desperate for a manager now because Mourinho, Howe and Rodger had already turned them down!
I don't usually accept jobs when I am not the first choice but this time I believe this this is the only way to land the England job! There were a lot of usual crappy questions like "how long would you like the job for?" and also "would you keep Rooney on as captain?" Now this question was a simple answer, "No! I would not even pick the guy, I think he is past it and only gets picked on his past season's!"
Well that ended that conversation! It was a painful fifty-three minutes and 25 seconds of my life that I will never get back.
Afterwards I had a visit from Alex Neal, boss of Norwich, who was up north due to Norwich playing Sunderland in a preseason friendly. Personally I would have gone abroad for pre-season but obviously Norwich didn't want to do that, when I was manager of Newcastle and Manchester City I used to make sure they went abroad to play, more because I got away from the wife and kids!
Anyway, I went a bit off on a tangent there, he said that coming from a source close to the F.A Chaiman that I had got the job! Now obviously I took this with a pinch of salt because in the past I had been told that I would get jobs and not get them or that I was not getting a job but getting it anyway!
Anyway Alex and I sat for about 4 hours drinking tea, wine and eating Chinese food, I had chicken balls in sweet and sour sauce with egg fried rice. I have no idea why they sell egg fried rice but my god it was tasty! Alex was telling me that he was fearing for his job but I told him there was nothing to worry about and that he was doing a great job.
He asked me what changes to the English side I would make if I got the job; to which i said that Rooney would not get a look in until his form drastically improves and I also told him that Joe Hart, which he is a great keeper would not necessarily be my number one keeper. All I will say is that Alex was a bit shocked at that comment and told me that I should reconsider.
Alex then ha a phone call and had to make a hasty exit, as he left the phone rang and I picked it up.
"Hello, this is the F.A and we have come to a decision"
"OK" I said
"We would like to thank you for your application and we considered everyone that applied and can now tell you that you...........(Find out next update if Keegan Landed the England Job)