How the Bookies See it
- Gareth Southgate: 11/8 - Paddy Power
- Roberto Mancini: 5/1 - Bet 365
- Arsene Wenger: 6/1 - Bet365
- Ralf Rangnick: 12/1 - Paddy Power
- Glenn Hoddle: 16/1 - BetVictor
- Eddie Howe: 20/1 - Bet365
- Gareth Southgate may be best remembered for missing a crucial penalty at Euro 96, but the former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender did enjoy a successful career that saw him capped 57 times for his country. An uninspiring stint in charge of Middlesbrough ended in relegation, but the 46-year-old is now rebuilding his reputation after working wonders with the nation’s under-21s team.
- Roberto Mancini has taken charge of a number of big name clubs, but the Italian will be most fondly remembered by Manchester City fans for his time in charge at the Etihad. The 51-year-old, who was considered for the role of Chelsea boss in 2008, guided City to an FA Cup win in 2010 and a dramatic first Premier League title victory in the 2010/11 season before being shown the door in May 2013 following defeat at Wembley to Championship-bound Wigan Athletic. Mancini is currently out of work and could be tempted into returning to England as couch of the national side.
- 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, especially with the 66-year-old nearing the end of his current contract with the Emirates side.
- Ralf Rangnick may be a name that is less familiar to many England fans, but the 58-year-old has a wealth of coaching experience to his name. The German began his career on the sidelines in 1983 and has taken charge of some of the country's more well-known names, including VfB Stuttgart, Hannover 96, 1899 Hoffenheim and Schalke 04. Reports suggest that Rangnick, who is the current sporting director at RB Leipzig, was approached before the appointment of Roy Hodgson in 2012, so could be a top target for the FA.
- Glenn Hoddle has been away from management since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, although he did briefly work as the 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, but was forced to leave the position after making disparaging remarks about the disabled in 1999.
- 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 has even been touted as a possible replacement for Arsene Wenger at the Emirates. However, unfinished business at Dean Court could rule him out.
Sam Allardyce left his dream job with something that no permanent England boss had ever previously managed - a 100-percent win record. Gareth Southgate will now provide temporary cover and take charge of the team’s matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain later this year.
The FA must now find a manager who can take on a job that has proved to be a poisoned chalice for so many in the past. Whether or not they stick with Southgate remains to be seen, following an uninspiring 2-0 win over footballing minnows Malta and a lucky 0-0 draw away to Slovenia. The former England defender claims he inherited 'a mess', but could his previous work with the younger members of the squad help turn things around?
Should the FA look elsewhere, expect Eddie Howe and Arsene Wenger to feature heavily in media speculation. The opportunity to coach at an international level may have arrived a little too soon for Howe, but Wenger could be persuaded to take the plunge after a 20 year spell at Arsenal. It might also be worth keeping an eye on Glenn Hoddle, with a number of ex-professionals tipping him to return to the role.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Gareth Southgate to be appointed next England manager - 11/8 with Bet365
Please note, odds may fluctuate.