London - Premier League chiefs will hope attention returns
to on-field matters this weekend after an uncomfortable few days in the
spotlight for English football.
Sam Allardyce's one-game career as England manager came to a
shock end after just 67 days on Tuesday following controversial comments made
to undercover reporters, which continued Thursday with Southampton assistant
manager Eric Black filmed offering alleged advice on giving bribes to officials
at other clubs.
Allardyce, 61, was also secretly filmed giving advice on how
to circumnavigate transfer rules and mocking England predecessor Roy Hodgson.
Appointed England manager on a 3 million-a-year contract
($3.9 million), Allardyce also agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as
an ambassador for their fictitious firm for a fee of 400,000.
England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate has been placed in
caretaker charge for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but, with the Football
Association still to appoint a permanent replacement, a succession of Premier
League managers have found themselves being asked if they would like a shot at
the England job.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, one of English football's
rising managerial stars, ruled himself out of replacing Allardyce -- for the time
"I think I have said in many interviews that the
England job is the ultimate job....It sounds arrogant but I am not interested
in the (England) job now, but you never know what will happen in the
future," said Howe.
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- 'Pinnacle' -
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, who played alongside
Southgate for the south London club, has also been linked to the England job.
But he insisted he was happy at Selhurst Park after leading
the south London club to three straight wins.
"Eddie Howe said it was the pinnacle for any
Englishman's career, I agree with that," said Pardew ahead of Friday's
match away to Everton.
"I'm so lucky to have this football club where it is
right now...This football club at this time is where I want to be."
Veteran Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, long spoken of as a
possible England manager, is out of contract with the Gunners at the end of the
"I've said many times that my priority has always been
Arsenal Football Club and I have to assess how well I do until the end of the
season," said the Frenchman, looking to build on his side's 3-0 win over
Chelsea away to Burnley on Sunday.
Manchester City will look to return to winning ways at
Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after a midweek 3-3 draw away to Scottish giants
Celtic ended their perfect record under manager Pep Guardiola.
"We're going to recover well, to focus on White Hart
Lane," Guardiola said.
Southampton, fresh from a 3-0 win over West Ham, travel to
Leicester City, with the Premier League champions beating Porto 1-0 in the
Champions League following a 4-1 defeat by Manchester United.
Liverpool, who thrashed Hull 5-1 last week, are away to
Swansea while bottom of the table Sunderland will seek a first league win of
the season at West Brom.
United, for whom Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in a 1-0 home win
over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday, face struggling Stoke at
Old Trafford on Sunday.For
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