DEFENDER Gary Cahill has played under so many managers, it seems they come and go through a revolving door.
Cahill is set to play under his 13th different boss for club and country within five years when Gareth Southgate leads out England against Malta on Sunday.
The Chelsea centreback has already worn the Three Lions kit under Fabio Capello, Stuart Pearce, Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce.
It has been a similar story at club level — Owen Coyle was in charge when he left Bolton for Chelsea in Jan 2012 and he has served under Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, a Steve Holland/Eddie Newton partnership, Guus Hiddink and now Antonio Conte with the Blues.
Cahill admits he was sorry to see Allardyce go after just 67 days, but is now desperate for a period of stability to allow England to move forward.
“It’s disappointing but it’s done. I’ve been involved in many managers changing in my career, at club
and country,” said Cahill.
“It’s been a tough week for everybody involved and now we look to build for the coming games.
“As players, especially us older ones, you learn to kind of move on and get cracking straight away under a new manager.
“That’s what we’re aiming to do. We have some important games coming up.
“For me it’s disappointing, I can only comment on my dealings with the former manager. My personal dealings with him were fine. We got a good result in Slovakia.
“It’s disappointing to lose a manager but we have to move on and prepare for the games coming up in the best possible frame of mind.”
Cahill spoke glowingly about Southgate, but admitted players should not have a say in who gets the job next, although he is happy Chelsea coach Steve Holland has joined the set-up.
“Southgate was an experienced player, who played many times for England and working with the Under-21s. Him and Holland know how things are run,” said Cahill.
“There’s new challenges, maybe some new ideas which we’ll find out.
“Southgate was a top player. As a kid — I was at Aston Villa in the Under-13s, Under-14s when he was there — I watched him may times growing up and I’m familiar with his career, especially with England.
“It’s good he’s got Holland, they’ve worked together for a long time and I’ve worked with him for many years at Chelsea. I know him very well and no doubt he’ll do a fantastic job.”
After Malta, England face Slovenia away three days later.
Two victories could help Southgate get the job fulltime and England take a huge step to Russia in 2018 — they could also get Cahill to the 50-cap milestone as he is on 48.
“I can see that 50-cap mark. It would be a massive achievement, something I’d be very proud,” said Cahill. — Daily Mirror