Which football manager would make the best Prime Minister?

Brett Curtis /
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With Boris Johnson set to resign as Prime Minister, and Neil Warnock hilariously throwing his hat into the ring to replace him at 10 Downing Street, BettingPro.com takes a look at which out of work British football manager would represent the best candidate to lead the United Kingdom, alongside presenting odds on the real political candidates in the frame.

Neil Warnock

Let’s start with the man, the myth, the legend himself.

After leaving Middlesbrough towards the end of 2021, Warnock went on to announce his retirement from football management in April this year.

Since launching his Twitter account a month later in May, the 73-year-old has already amassed close to 188,000 followers, illustrating his popularity among the people.

Now, with more time on his hands than ever before, an opportunity has arisen. Will he capture it, or let it slip?

Based on the evidence so far, it’s likely to be the former, as Warnock is clearly taking his candidacy deadly seriously:


Phil Jagielka is rumoured to be in the frame for Deputy Prime Minister, with Sol Bamba primed for Defence Secretary, Michael Brown set to be let off the leash in Foreign Affairs, and Paddy Kenny a shoe-in for the Home Department.

This is not the first time Warnock has entered the political sphere. In January 2019, the Sheffield-born man revealed he was in favour of Brexit: “I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect. Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”

After all, what Britain really needs right now is a more introspective way of thinking. Vote Warnock!

Roy Hodgson

Given the volatile situation in parliament right now, perhaps a better solution would be the perfect steadier of off-course ships: Roy Hodgson.

At a time when the public desperately needs someone to rally behind, Hodgson could truly be the man with his faultless motivational skills.

Remember when he took his struggling Liverpool side to their fierce Merseyside rivals Everton, whom the Reds have lost to just once in 26 meetings since? Despite being soundly beaten 2-0, Hodgson praised his side’s performance, claiming “to get a result [there] would have been Utopia.”

Who wouldn’t want to live in Hodgson’s perfect world?

Too harsh? Perhaps his time fighting against relegation with Watford last season is more relevant given the UK’s current plight.

“I’ve jumped in at the deep end,” Hodgson exclaimed after taking the job in February. “I can only hope that won’t see me drowning.”

Within three months, the Hornets’ sting had been neutralised via relegation at the hands of Hodgson’s former side Crystal Palace.

Despite being keen to lap up adoration from his former club, signing autographs and blowing kisses to the home fans prior to kick-off, the same treatment was not forthcoming from him towards the fans of the club paying his wages.

Asked why he did not go over to thank them at such a painful moment, Hodgson answered, “Unfortunately they were a bit too far away.”

If you really need more convincing, just check out his England record. He’s already led the country exemplary once. Time for a second chance?

Sam Allardyce

If Hodgson doesn’t float your boat, who better to step in at 10 Downing Street than the only man with a 100% record as England manager?

Allardyce has long bemoaned the lack of opportunities British managers have received in top jobs, and here in waiting is the biggest of them all.

“I’m not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid. Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would win the double or the league every time.”

His stint as England manager may not have lasted long after he was caught trying to land £400,000 in return for advising an undercover reporter how to get around third-party ownership rules, but as far as scandals go, that one would barely scratch the surface in politics.

After all, second, third and fourth jobs have long been held by members of parliament. Why focus on leading the country when they can have their cake and eat it?

Pour Big Sam a pint of wine and make Britain big again!

Tony Pulis

Perhaps what our Kingdom needs to become United once more is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense Welshman like Tony Pulis.

Having been out of the game since leaving Sheffield Wednesday in 2020, it’s time for Pulis to fulfil his true calling as a political leader.

“There are loads of good principles we’ve lost as a nation. Discipline. Organisation. Respect.”

Could Pulis be the man to restore our key values and our place in the world?

“We all get knocked down in life, the big thing is getting back up.” Damn, I’m sold, especially if he utilises Rory Delap’s throw-in’s to protect us from any external forces.

Moreover, the similarities between him and a powerful, diminutive leader of yesteryear are stark. “I have read loads of books on Napoleon. For him to come from nothing and lead his country, that fascinated me. It doesn’t matter what you think of him. He did it.”

Clearly, Pulis doesn’t care what you think of him. Like Napoleon, he’ll just do it anyway. And there’s not been nearly enough of that in British politics recently.

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