Unbeaten under-12s PE teacher could be next England manager

Sam Chambers coaching his under-12s side. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A PE teacher who led an under-12 primary school team to an unbeaten season in Northamptonshire is in the running to become the next England manager.

After Roy Hodgson's resignation - Sam thinks he's got what it takes to coach the big boys - he says England's stars could learn a lot from his team of under twelves.

Sam Chambers, Weeden Bec Primary PE teacher, said: "I was gutted with how England played, I was absolutely gutted, it should be the absolute pinnacle going off and representing your country, but we just looked as though we didn't want to play.

"And, again, that passion, you've got to have that passion to succeed and I feel as though I'm kind of the man for the job.

"Hopefully you saw with the kids earlier how they were playing, they like to play, they have a bit of fun while they're playing, that's all it is, having fun, playing with a smile on their face, enjoying what you're doing and let's do it with England, why not."

Sam Chambers coaching his under-12s side. Credit: ITV News Anglia

After an unbeaten season with Weedon Bec Primary in Northamptonshire - this PE teacher is looking for promotion.

Antony Witheyman, Headteacher, said: "It would be a real loss for us at the school to lose him to the Football Association, but, you know, at this time of need, great people need to step up and do great things.

"He's taking me as his Assistant Manager, so I can't wait, I know that we could lead the team out at Wembley, I know we'd have the respect of the players for all that we've achieved this season."

According to the bookies - Sam's in the running - with odds of a thousand to one.

Sam Chambers said: "I mean, Leicester, at the start of last season, they were 5,000-1, look what they've gone on and done, stranger things have happened this season, why not."

Sam's still waiting for a call from the FA - but whatever happens - his squad still has plenty to celebrate.

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