It’s only recently that we were talking about Sam Allardyce’s first match in charge of the England team and predicting how he would do taking over the role from Roy Hodgson. However, Allardyce has already left the position following a football related scandal, and now the England football team are looking for a new manager yet again. Gareth Southgate, the current under-21’s manager, has been placed in charge temporarily for the next four matches, but here we examine the potential long-term successors the short reign of Big Sam.
It’s not the first time the under-21’s manager has taken temporary charge of the senior team. After Fabio Capello left the job in 2012, then under 21’s boss Stuart Pearce took charge for one match until the FA appointed Roy Hodgson for the long-term. On this occasion Southgate is getting a bigger crack of the whip with four games in charge. Paddy Power currently has Southgate listed as the 2/1 favourite for the full time role. If Southgate were to win all four matches it would become very difficult for the FA to overlook him.
Maybe Southgate’s been given four matches is because the FA are eyeing somebody for the long term who may not be available just yet. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is in the final year of his contract at the Premier League and has previously said that he would consider the England job if he were available. With odds of 7/2 on Sky Bet, many experts think that the wily Frenchman at the helm could well be a possibility. As it’s very unlikely that Wenger would be available until the summer, the FA will have to play the waiting game for him, plus it’s not entirely out of the question that the Arsenal board will offer him an extension.
For those who believe that the England manager should be English, sadly there is a very short list of possible candidates. There are currently only two English managers in the Premier League in Eddie Howe and Alan Pardew (Mike Phelan remains caretaker manager at Hull). Plus there is former Hull manager Steve Bruce, who was linked with the England job before Allardyce was appointed, who is currently seeking employment. Bruce and Pardew have been around for some time and are cut from a similar cloth to Big Sam, which may go down well with fans. Although still a youngster in the management game, Howe has been doing a very impressive job at Bournemouth, although some may feel it is too soon for him. With Howe, Pardew and Bruce all listed at 10/1, an appointment of any of them could be on the cards.