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Duration: 1 hour

Passionate England fan Tim Lovejoy pulls together advice from former England managers, players and celebrity fans to offer Roy Hodgson the best possible support as he takes on the challenge of the country's second most important job. Contributions come from Sven Goran-Eriksson, Graham Taylor, John Gorman, John Barnes and many more.

Graham Taylor talks about how difficult it is to pick a squad after a long season when the players are either tired, injured or both. Sven remembers the heartbreak of telling players they weren't in the team and reminds us that professional footballers need to be spoken to like adults.

Tim looks at how the managers got the job - one of them thought he was being wound up when he received the call. He discusses who is really in charge - is it the players? - how helpful 'the suits' at the Sweet FA are, and how hacked off managers and players get with the media.

What are the potential banana skins - penalties, Poles or, in the case of Steve McLaren, precipitation? How do you keep the fans singing your praises and what style should the England manager display? Stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones says there is a direction co-relation between lack of style and good results.

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Thu 14 Jun 2012 01:50 BBC Three


Tim Lovejoy


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