Wigan boss Paul Jewell would not even consider the England manager’s job if it came his way.
The winner of the last two Barclays Premiership Manager of the Month awards has categorically ruled himself out for the top job when and if it is vacated by Sven-Goran Eriksson after seeing his stock rise sharply with his side’s superb form following promotion to the top flight.
“I just couldn’t stand the politics and all the nonsense that goes with the England job,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
“And it’s not good for your family. I am a very private man. There is a lot of baggage that goes with it.
“I like working with players in training. I don’t do meetings. If we have a meeting at Wigan, they don’t last longer than five minutes.
“I’ve no time for the old school tie and all that nonsense. I am what I am. I’m outspoken. The England job wouldn’t be for me.”
However, Jewell insists he does not lack ambition, and warned people not to be fooled by his chirpy Scouse front.
“People look at me and think ‘he’s a Scouser, he’s quite witty, he’s this, he’s that’,” he said.
“But I’m really quite good at my job, you know. I’m thorough.
“Of course I’m ambitious. I don’t want to be an underdog all my life. But I’m proud to be from Liverpool. The thing is, you don’t see many people with Scouse accents getting the top jobs in this country.”