Former QPR chairman Flavio Briatore today sensationally declared his interest in the vacant England manager’s position.
Following the airing of a documentary this week which revealed the true extent of the Italian’s hands-on style in the Rangers’ board room, Briatore believes that he is the outstanding candidate.
In a statement he revealed: “I think that what you see in the documentary is a man with passion for the game, and that is what England needs. Plus, I will always play with two strikers because you won’t ever win if you can’t put the ball in the net. It will be four four two, four four two, four four two every time.
“England have gone through all of these idiots over the years. What they need now is a strong man, someone uncompromising. Someone like me.”
Briatore’s main competition for the job looks likely to be Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, but the former Renault F1 manager has his concerns: “Harry has done well, but look at what has happened to him over the years.
“When he started as a manager he’d wear his tracksuit every week, but now look at him. It’s all designer suits, walking around with his hand in his pocket like he’s bloody Jose Mourinho or something. He thinks he’s big time these days.
“I, on the other hand, drive a Ford Fiesta and have never courted an underwear model in my life.”
Asked about his plans for the team, Briatore was adamant: “Whatever we do, Gavin Mahon is definitely playing centre mid. Did you see that bit in the film where I was screaming for him to come on?
“Yeah, well he scored didn’t he? The winner.
“England just needs to relax and trust in old Flavio. He knows what he’s doing.”