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What happens when the FA appoint a plumber as England's new manager?

Added: (Thu Mar 22 2001)

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WITH only 10 days to go before England’s crucial World Cup Qualifier against Germany, National team manager Glenn Gould resigns, blaming Brendon Fendon, the FA’s machiavellian chief executive of taking an unhealthy interest in team affairs. A shortlist of temporary replacement managers is drawn up – the instant favourite is Ron Atkinson. Brendan Fendon leaves for Brazil to attend a career-enhancing FIFA conference on the elasticity of corner flags.
Meanwhile, Nottingham plumber and Sunday League manager Reg Atkinson is concerned that his tender for the undersoil heating contract at the new Wembley stadium will be lost in the latest crisis to hit the England team. Within days, however, he is reassured by a call from the FA asking him to an interview. Reg quickly hones his knowledge of the Swedish undersoil heating system.
After a swift selection process, Brendan Fendon’s stand-in Sir Richard Scratcher appoints Atkinson as the new England manager and calls a press conference to announce the appointment. But, as the mass media soon discover, the man taking the stage isn’t Ron, but Reg who has signed a multi-million pound contract to take charge of the national team…
The press have a field day, but Brendan Fendon is none the wiser as his delayed flight from Rio lands at Heathrow. When the truth dawns he realises the only way out is to ensure Reg resigns – within days he has successfully prevented every professional player in England from joining the team.
What does Reg do now? If he resigns he’ll lose his money, but if he continues, England will be forced to forfeit the match and Germany will surely qualify..
The press are camped outside Reg’s humble semi in Nottingham, he’s
suffered a mysterious break-in and his plumbing business and the
future of English football hangs in the balance…

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