Who Will be the Next England Manager?

Football
Updated Monday 24th July 2017, 02:28 PM

Roy Hodgson's decision to step down as England manager in the wake of the team's shock defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016 brought to an end a disappointing four-year reign which also featured a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup. The focus has now turned to his possible successor and there are plenty of people waiting to fill his boots, but who is most likely to succeed?

How the Bookies See it

  • Sam Allardyce: 2/7 - Bet365
  • Steve Bruce: 7/1 - Betfred
  • Jurgen Klinsmann: 11/1 - Sky Bet
  • Eddie Howe: 16/1 - BetVictor
  • Guus Hiddink: 33/1 Betfred
  • Arsene Wenger: 40/1 - Paddy Power
  • Alan Pardew: 50/1 - Paddy Power
  • Glenn Hoddle: 50/1 - Paddy Power
  • Harry Redknapp: 50/1 - Paddy Power
  • Gareth Southgate: 50/1 - Paddy Power

The Contenders

  • Sam Allardyce may be seen as a safe pair of hands to steady an overly rocky ship. The current Sunderland boss has plenty of experience at the top level of English football after spells with Bolton Wanderers (1999-2007), Blackburn Rovers (2008-2010) and West Ham (2011-2015). A poor eight months in charge of Newcastle United during the 2007/2008 season and lack of international know-how could have counted against Big Sam, but Sunderland have given him permission to speak to England.
  • Steve Bruce has emerged as a person of interest for the FA after steering Hull City back into the Premier League. He has previously had spells in charge of Sunderland, Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United, making him one of the more experienced English options. He also enjoyed a distinguished playing career and is regarded highly throughout the game.
  • Jurgen Klinsmann enjoyed a relatively successful period in charge of the German national team (2004-2006), taking then to the World Cup semi-final on home soil before defeat to eventual winners Italy in extra time. A less than impressive spell at Bayern Munich (2008-2009) followed, a stint that eventually ended in the former Tottenham striker getting the boot. However, a fruitful term as manager of the United States since 2011 has seen the German's stock rise.
  • Eddie Howe is a young candidate at just 38 but he has long been tipped as a possible England manager of the future. He has worked wonders during his short managerial career to date, taking Bournemouth into the Premier League and earning praise for the way they have played along the way.
  • Guus Hiddink possesses a glittering CV and a managerial career that stretches back to 1987. The Dutchman has taken charge of some of the very best club sides in the world, as well as a host of international teams, including the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey. Brief spells in charge of Chelsea have given Hiddink a taste of the English game, but at the age of 69, would he be willing to take on such a demanding role? 
  • Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 and is the longest serving manager in the Premier League. Odds on the Frenchman taking the England job have been slashed in recent days, but reports suggest Arsenal would not be willing to let their boss go without a fight.
  • Alan Pardew is a highly respected candidate, with both experience as a player (chiefly for Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic and Barnet between 1987 and 1998) and as manager of Reading (1999-2003), West Ham (2003-2006), Southampton (2009-2010) and Newcastle United (2010-2014). He is currently the manager at Crystal Palace – a position that he took up in 2015.
  • Glenn Hoddle has been away from management since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, although he did briefly work as first-team coach at Queens Park Rangers. One of the finest players of his generation, Hoddle had a three-year spell in charge of England from 1996 to 1999 and has emerged as one of the frontrunners after maintaining a high profile with his television work.
  • Harry Redknapp is one of the most well-repected managers in the English game and has a wealth of experience at club level. The 69-year-old has taken charge of Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth (twice), Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers and even had a short spell in charge of Jordan's national side in 2016. Redknapp, the favourite to take the role before Hodgson's appointment in 2012, has already stated that he doesn't want the role, but could this be one last challenge that 'Arry simply cannot resist?   
  • Gareth Southgate played for Crystal Palace (1988-1995), Aston Villa (1995-2001) and Middlesbrough (2001-2006), and picked up 57 England caps between 1995 and 2004, before going into management. His first team as manager was Middlesbrough (2006-2009) and then he moved to manage the England U21 team in 2013. Southgate was the initial frontrunner, but recent reports have suggested that he does not want the post.

Sports.net’s view

There are dozens of individuals that have been named in connection with the role of the next England manager, and it could be a drawn-out process as the FA looks to appoint the right man after so many years of heartache.

Sam Allardyce is the man currently being tipped by the bookmakers, and would be the one to go for if you allow the odds to be your guide, but Klinsmann and Hiddink look like better options, having more international coaching and management experience. It may be a case of waiting a little while to see which of the contenders rule themselves out early on and go from there, and Eddie Howe in particular could well be worth keeping an eye on, even though it looks like the FA would favour Allardyce or Steve Bruce.

*Updated on 20th July. Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Monday, 24 July 2017 02:28:52+00:00
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