England Managers – How They Started

Tomorrow Fabio Capello will start his career as England manager with a friendly against Switzerland at Wembley. How did his predecessors do in their first matches?

  • Steve McClaren – 16. August 2006 Friendly at Old Trafford against Greece – won 4-0 (Terry, Lampard and Crouch (2))
  • Sven-Göran Eriksson – 28. February 2001 Friendly at Villa Park against Spain – won 3-0 (Barmby, Heskey and Ehiogu)
  • Peter Taylor – 15. November 2000 Friendly in Turin against Italy – lost 0-1
  • Kevin Keegan – 27. March 1999 European Championship Qualifier at Wembley against Poland – won 3-0 (Scholes (3))
  • Howard Wilkinson – 10. February 1999 Friendly at Wembley against France – lost 0-2
  • Glenn Hoddle – 1. September 1996 World Cup qualifier away against Moldova – won 3-0 (Barmby, Gascoigne and Shearer)
  • Terry Venables – 9. March 1994 Friendly at Wembley against Denmark – won 1-0 (Platt)
  • Graham Taylor – 12. September 1990 Friendly at Wembley against Hungary – won 1-0 (Lineker)
  • Bobby Robson – 22. September 1982 European Championship qualifier away against Denmark – 2-2 draw (Trevor Francis (2))
  • Ron Greenwood – 7. September 1977 Friendly at Wembley against Switzerland – 0-0 draw
  • Don Revie – 30. October 1974 European Championship qualifier at Wembley against Czechoslovakia – won 3-0 (Channon, Bell (2))
  • Joe Mercer – 11. May 1974 Home Championship in Cardiff against Wales – won 2-0 (Keegan and Bowles)
  • Alf Ramsey – 27. February 1963 European Nations Cup in Paris against France – lost 2-5 (Bobby Smith and Tambling)



One Response to England Managers – How They Started

  1. Lets see if Fabulous Fabio can match Super Sven’s record of only five COMPETITIVE games lost in five and a half years shall we?
    Sven took England from “the wilderness” to FIFA world rank No.4 during W-Cup 2006, cruised easily to top qualifying place in EVERY international tournament qualifying group and was robbed of achieving better than quarter final places by a number of controversial circumstances outside of his control.
    Is there any doubt that England would be playing in Euro2008 if Sven had not been driven to quit by the media and if there is any lingering doubt about Sven’s abilities, consider what McClaren did with the same “golden generation” of players????
    Good luck Fabio, Sven’s a tough act to follow……

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