Arsenal legend Paul Merson BAFFLED by ‘Arsene Wenger to England’ rumours

first_img1 Arsene Wenger has been linked with succeeding Roy Hodgson as England manager Paul Merson is baffled by speculation linking Arsene Wenger to the England job and insists the Arsenal manager is not fit to take on the role.Following Roy Hodgson’s resignation, reports this week have claimed Gunners boss Wenger is high on the Football Association’s shortlist as they search for their next permanent boss.Gareth Southgate, Laurent Blanc and Luiz Felipe Scolari are also among the men linked with the role, with FA chief Martin Glenn telling talkSPORT he ‘isn’t bothered’ about the nationality of their next manager.Whoever is eventually chosen will be charged with rebuilding England’s confidence following their embarrassing exit from Euro 2016 against Iceland.And former England and Arsenal forward Merson believes Wenger is not fit to take on the job.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Gunners legend said: “They’re talking about Arsene Wenger, but every year we talk about Arsenal not winning the Premier League because tactically he’s not right.“Arsene is a real hands-on coach, he does all the training, he does everything. But with international football you only see the players every now and then and there’s a lot of sitting around.“I think it’s a part-time job anyway. You’re essentially paying someone £7million for a part-time job. Every player plays in the Premier League, so it’s not like you’ve got to travel all around the world to see them play. They all play here!”Merson has also joined them any famous names in backing Glenn Hoddle for a return to the Wembley dugout, after Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT the former Three Lions and Tottenham boss was ‘perfect’ for the job.“We should have an English manager, that’s just my opinion,” Merson added.“I know he’s been England manager before, and it’s been a while since he’s had a job, but for me it’s got to be Glenn Hoddle. It’s a no brainer.“I think tactically he’d be great and he’s got knowledge of international football. I thought he was brilliant when he was in charge at France 98.“I would like to see him take Gareth Southgate and Alan Shearer with him for a couple of years, to shadow him, learn how good he is and what he does.“They can then take over after that and be in charge for the next Euros.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Paul Merson, including a brilliant rant about Roy Hodgson, IN FULL above!last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL boxer Jason Quigley has done it – he has taken gold in the European Boxing Championships in Minsk, Belarus, today.The 22-year-old Ballybofey man took his place on the Donegal’s all-time sporting roll of honour with a tremendous performance.After beating the world champion in the semi-final, Jason beat Romanian Bogdan Juratoni, the No2 seed, in today’s incredible final of the 75kg middleweight division. The Finn Valley man shed tears of joy as he realised his dream of taking a European Senior Amateur Boxing title.It was a nerve-jangling power-punching contest.In the first round Jason danced around the ring, picking off his opponent with some nice punches, absorbing hits from the Romanian in the round, but winning the first round with the judges.Juratoni came out fighting in the second, but Jason settled again and picked off his opponent with some great combinations. The fight was much closer – with most of the judges tied on the second round. Jason was definitely tired in the last round; he was on the ground twice, falling over through tiredness.But he held on to win – with the judges going for the Irish man.The whole of Donegal was tuned in to the fight live on RTE2 – with celebrations in the Twin Towns.Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan paid tribute to Quigley.“He has always been knocking on the door and this is a tremendous tribute to Jason and what he has done,” said Egan. “There’s no reason now why he can’t go on and do Ireland proud at the world championships. He’s a lovely guy; good and down to earth and decent man and he deserves everything he gets because of all the work he puts in.”Earlier John Joe Nevin was crowned European Champion.The Cavan BC bantamweight, the No. 1 seed in the Belarusian capital, outclassed Ukrainian southpaw Mykola Butsenko to earn a unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,29-28) at the Palace of Sports.Paddy Barnes won silver having been forced to withdraw from the final with a broken nose. And fellow Belfast man Michael Conlan took silver after being beaten on a split decision.It is a glorious day for Irish boxing and a glorious day for Irish sport.HE’S DONE IT! GOLDEN BOY JASON QUIGLEY CROWNED EUROPEAN BOXING CHAMPION was last modified: June 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeyHE’S DONE IT! GOLDEN BOY JASON QUIGLEY CROWNED EUROPEAN BOXING CHAMPIONJason Quigleylast_img read more