Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Forget Harry and Jose. Is James Next in Line for England?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Forget Harry and Jose. Is James Next in Line for England?

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HARRY Redknapp, Stuart Pearce and Jose Mourinho have all been tipped to become the next England manager.

But Teessider James Lees believes one "talented and relatively unknown name" is missing from that list - his own.

So the 26-year-old from Redcar has applied to the FA to take up the position.

James - who has proven himself an expert in managing football teams on the computer game Championship Manager - believes he has a lot to offer.

"I've taken Carlisle from League Two to the Champions League in five seasons," he said. "No other manager can say that."

As soon as James heard about Fabio Capello's resignation, he decided to put his hat in the ring - by writing an application letter to Boro-born FA bigwig Adrian Bevington. Although Harry Rednapp is currently the bookies' favourite to get the coveted role, James reckons he would make a top manager.

The marketing manager at Quality Office Supplies in Middlesbrough said: "I'm something they haven't had before. I'm not going to be wishy washy.

"I know football and I know the fans. I can offer a different approach."

James who has previously managed Sunday League team Lazenby United, has applied for managerial jobs in the past, including for Newcastle United, Plymouth Argyle, Hartlepool United and Boro.

The former Prior Pursglove College student said he also made the shortlist for Yeovil Town before he was rejected.

James, a former Wilton Primary School pupil, said: "I've put in around 15 applications in the past and have had a letter back from most of them.

Dave Philips, "I wanted to see what reaction I would get and if the FA would listen to my views about the England job."

James' says he's already received plenty of support from girlfriend Kelly Jackson, 26, who tells him she wouldn't mind being a MAG - a manager's girlfriend. …

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