FABIO Capello last week walked away from the England post with speculation at fever pitch regarding his successor.
Hot favourite for the job is Spurs gaffer Harry Redknapp.
But should ‘Arry turn down the opportunity could the FA look to replace the Italian Capello with ‘a-tall-yin’ from Ballymoney?
English football chiefs said their preference is for an English manager, or at least British.
And if this Sun newspaper story is be correct it could be a man from the Toon taking the reins!
The suspiciously doctored looking front page claims former Rasharkin, Riada FC and Finvoy gaffer Mervyn ‘Tubes’ McIntyre is in the running alongside Redknapp, Martin O’Neill, Stuart Pearce and Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United fanatic Tubes - a legendary shot stopper in his playing days - has laughed off the competition from the Portugeezer and co, claiming he is the real special one.
However, he says he is not interested in the post at the minute due to long-standing commitments with FIFA 12.
He declined to comment when approached by Times Sport in Tesco but on his Facebook site he released the following statement:
“I’m fed up tay the teeth way reporters like Chris Kilpatrick ringing and camping outside my door all night!”
It appears he hasn’t burned all his bridges though.
He later posted on the same website appealing for anyone with English parents or grandparents to give him a call.