Caro for Eng­land? Not on your nelly

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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

Email: dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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