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Thursday, February 4, 1999 Published at 14:26 GMT

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You say: Bring Tel Back

Terry Venables - the choice of the people

For more of your views on the Hoddle affair, click here

Howard Wilkinson may be the favourite, but BBC News Online users think Terry Venables should be reinstated as England football coach.

Now Hoddle has been ousted from the prominent post, we asked who, out of those waiting in the wings should lead England's team.

Hundreds of people e-mailed in their suggestions, but so far El Tel tops the bill.

'Finish what he started'

Kiran Mistry thinks, as do many others that we should not forget that Mr Venables was the man who got England back on track for Euro 96:

"Glenn inherited the side that Venners put together and I think he should be brought back to finish what he started," he wrote.

Bulos of the UK also backs the former coach, he thinks he commands an enormous respect from the players and the public alike. "He has a very loveable 'cheeky cockney' character that the nation warms to."

'Sense of pride'

[ image: Choose Keegan for 'pride and passion']
Choose Keegan for 'pride and passion'
Although Kevin Keegan has ruled himself out of the job, he comes closely behind Terry Venables in the popularity stakes.

Geoff Adshead in Australia thinks is a man that players can depend on:

"Kevin Keegan should get the England job, if for no other reason than to get the team playing in an attacking manner with a sense of pride and passion."

'Identify with the kids'

Favourite Howard Wilkinson received a fair proportion of users' votes, Piet Pederson described him as a "well respected and proven manager.

But Brit Martin O'Connell thinks he is too "safe" and therefore not what the fans want. "We want an exciting football team, one led by somebody that commands respect on the terraces and can identify with the kids watching the games."

[ image: Leading from beyond the grave?]
Leading from beyond the grave?
Bryan Robson, Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and David Platt have all received support from BBC Newsonline users.

'Re-incarnate Churchill'

However Bill Haynes of the UK has an altogether different suggestion:

"It would appear that a good politician and diplomat would be more appropriate than anyone of high footballing pedigree. Alas they are hard found. Maybe we should re-incarnate Churchill, at least for his leadership qualities."

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