Legends from Newcastle, Derby, Watford, Tottenham and Ipswich have all managed England.


Today is Fabio Capello’s birthday, with the former England boss turning 69-years-old.

He enjoyed a strong time in charge of England, overseeing the end of the ‘Golden Generation’ and performing well in qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

They may have failed in that tournament itself, but the Italian boss certainly goes down in the ‘Good’ list of English national team managers.

To celebrate Capello’s birthday, we take a look at three of the best, and worst, England managers.

The Worst:

Graham Taylor

A great manager tainted by his spell with England, Taylor took Watford from the Fourth Division to First Division in a manner of years, finishing second place in Watford’s debut top flight season. He reached the FA Cup Final in 1984, and then want on to have similar success with Aston Villa. Often criticised for his rather direct play, it did not translate well to international football, and he won just 18 of his 38 games.

Steve McClaren

The man who took over from Sven-Goran Eriksson, McClaren was not a popular choice, and proved his inability by failing to win qualification for Euro 2008, despite possessing a talented squad playing in an easy group. He had the shortest run of any permanent England manager, being in charge for just 12 games.

Kevin Keegan

The man who brought entertaining football and success to Newcastle United, Keegan was a popular choice, but managed only 18 games - and won only four competitive fixtures. He oversaw England being knocked out in the group stage of Euro 2000, and left one game into the 2002 qualification run.

The Best:

Terry Venables

The man who made England entertaining, the 1990’s were a positive time for Venables, as the hosts of Euro ’96 wowed audiences with impressive displays. The Three Lions came close to winning the trophy, and playing good football with flair, he will long live in the memory.

Bobby Robson

A national hero, Robson led England to the 1986 quarter finals, and the 1990 semi-finals of the World Cup, coming within a penalty shoot-out of the Final. He restored honour to an England team seen as hooligans from outside the country, and brought about many peoples' best memories of English football.

Alf Ramsey

Who else, but the man who won England’s only World Cup to date, whilst on home soil. A revolutionary tactician and the face of English success, Ramsey vowed to win the World Cup in 1963, and he saw through his promise three years later.

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