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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Jason Roberts column
Wigan striker Jason Roberts
By Jason Roberts
Wigan striker

Reading the papers in the past few weeks, it's been hard not to notice all the speculation about who's in the running for the England job.

And to be honest, I think the Football Association have got a pretty tough job on their hands.

I'll be back home in the Caribbean - taking turns between lying on the beach and catching the matches

By the sound of it, they're going for a UK manager. In my opinion, it should be between Sam Allardyce and Martin O'Neill.

All those who have supposedly spoken to the FA have got strong claims, but those two stick out in my mind.

Allardyce has done a superb job at Bolton, and on a shoestring budget, while O'Neill has had his fair share of success, especially at Leicester and Celtic.

As I said before, the rumours and stories have been dominating the backpages.

Is it a little too much? Well, we are in England and it is the national team - that's just the way things are done.

The current boss Sven-Goran Eriksson found out the hard way about what life is like looking after England. Managing the boys in white is a special case compared to managing any other team in Europe.

But good luck to Eriksson and the rest of the team at the World Cup. I can't wait until it starts.

It's a fantastic competition, featuring the best players in the world. As a player, if you're not in it then you definitely would want to watch it.

I'm going to try to catch every game, I'll be addicted. Even those who don't like football will have a keen interest.

I won't be watching it here, I'll be back home in the Caribbean, taking turns between lying on the beach and being glued to the TV. I can't wait.

Until then, there's a few issues left to decide in the Premiership, and unfortunately one of those issues is relegation, which my old team West Brom will be battling to avoid for the second season running.

They've got the hardest run-in, I think, but they've also got the players to do the job.

If they can do it again, then it will be a bigger achievement than their battle last time.

I hope they do escape, because I've still got a lot of mates playing at The Hawthorns and it would be a shame if they dropped down a division.

Jason Roberts columns

Blackburn 1-1 Wigan
03 Apr 06 |  Premiership


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