Caro for England? Not on your nelly
SOMEONE ASKED ME this week if I would accept the post of England head coach if offered. Admittedly, the money would come in handy but there is no way I am going to apply. If FA Chief Executive Brian Barwick rings me seeking advice about who to appoint, I would be happy to help.
If pressed, I think the best man for the job from the JC MSFL would be Hendon United A boss Jonathan Kestenbaum with London Maccabi Lions’ Tony Gold not far behind.
Kestenbaum has won the top two divisions in recent years and, like Gold, is a great man manager, tactician and motivator. If I had to combine the strengths of several managers, I would throw into the package the passion of North West Neasden’s Jamie Cole, the enthusiasm of Zig Zag’s Neal Cohen and the ambition of FC Team’s Mitch Young. I’m not sure how much such a person would expect in terms of a salary but am sure it’s something a bagel or two could rectify.
South Mancunians have shown their charitable side with hotshot Richard Fogelman and chairman Simon Davidson offering a cut of schnitzelman’s goal bonus to the charity of my choice. Fogelman will give up half of his bonus (£2.50) for each league and cup strike. Delighted by his gesture, I am contemplating putting the funds towards my testimonial or healthcare policy.
There are no less than four top of the table clashes in a bumper JC MSFL programme on Sunday. Top of the bill sees reigning champions Hendon United A host London Maccabi Lions A. After a decidedly iffy start, Hendon are back on track and bang in form. The Hammers have won all five league games since the 2-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture and racked up 25 goals. Ben Joseph and Jamie Shamash breached the Hendon defence in September but they have kept two clean sheets since and look in fine fettle. Striker Saul Conway has already hit the double figure mark in the goals department and he will be keen to breach the division’s meanest defence.
There is no love lost between Faithfold A and North West Neasden A. The pair have had some titanic tussles over the years and this one should be no different.
Division One hosts an East London derby as the top two go head-to-head. Glenthorne United lead Chigwell Athletic B on goal difference and Russell Green’s Chigs will be keen to avenge September’s 5-1 drubbing in which Robert Donn, Neil Zeff, Josh Cohen and Jamie Shaw were among Glenthorne’s goal men.
Green is best friends with Thornes boss Ian Cohen who said: “I love Russell to bits. Whoever wins will wish the other one congratulations and then get on with the season. If Chigwell want a good game then that’s what we intend to give them. We will stand up against anyone and give them a real test.” In time-honoured tradition, I think the managers will share a glass of wine in the boot room at the Peter May Sports Centre after the match.
Oakwood EDRS B will look to maintain their four point lead over South Mancunians A in Division Two. The Oaks have won seven out of eight including a 2-0 win in September when Robert Bloch and Antony Kintish netted. Kintish has 11 goals to his name but he will do well to outshine Mancs’ Kent brothers, Jamie and Daniel, with the former playing catch-up after recently returning from suspension.
In Division Four, Chigwell Athletic C travel to favourites FC Team A with Mitch Young’s Team keen to restore themselves as top dogs. See Danny Caro’s weekend roundup on www.thejc.com