Jose tops Star's England poll

JOSE Mourinho is the overwhelming choice of Evening Star readers to restore some pride to England's failing football team.On the day the self-styled Special One issued a 'come and get me' plea to the Football Association, a Star web poll revealed the former Chelsea manager was also the fans' favourite.

JOSE Mourinho is the overwhelming choice of Evening Star readers to restore some pride to England's failing football team.

On the day the self-styled Special One issued a 'come and get me' plea to the Football Association, a Star web poll revealed the former Chelsea manager was also the fans' favourite.

Mourinho got 844 of the 1,567 votes cast when we asked who you would like to see succeed Steve McLaren as England boss.

Today jobless Jose was reported as telling a national newspaper: "You will have to speak to the FA to see if they are interested in offering me the job".

"I cannot say what I think until they say they are interested. Tell the FA to come and get me.

"We will have to wait and see, but I rule nothing out.'

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Mourinho captured almost 52 per cent of the poll on www.eveningstar.co.uk, with Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp finishing a distant second with 244 votes.

After McClaren's departure following the debacle against Croatia at Wembley last Wednesday, Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill was heavily touted as the front runner for his job.

However, after he appeared to rule himself out over the weekend, the ex-Norwich City and Celtic manager only managed third place with a 14pc share of our web poll, capturing 235 votes.

Arsene Wenger came next with 157, followed by under pressure Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce, with 73 votes.

Bringing up the rear were Luiz Felipe Scolari, the man who led Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002 who was the choice of 49 fans and current Russia boss Guus Hiddink with 25 votes.

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