After Roy Hodgson did the honourable thing and stepped down after England’s humiliating exit at the hands of Iceland, a country with a smaller population than that of Bristol, the hunt now begins for his replacement.
The assumption amongst the bookmakers seems to be that Hodgson’s successor will be English. At the time of writing the Oddschecker roundup of odds from across the industry shows that you have to go as far down as eighth ‘favourite’ to find a non-Brit; the USA manager Jürgen Klinsmann.
Gareth Southgate – 2/1 with bwin
Southgate is buddied up with the FA having been Under-21’s manager since 2013 and its Head of Elite Development prior to that. The under 21s have excelled at times during his tenure but, when it comes to the crunch, been ultimately disappointing bowing out to Italy at the European Championships in 2015.
Southgate is the strong favourite amongst bookmakers but social media has come out vehemently against this appointment.
Glenn Hoddle – 10/1 with PaddyPower
Fans may have enjoyed Hoddle’s punditry during the Euros but this is a man who, aside from a brief coaching stint at QPR, hasn’t managed since 2006.
Alan Shearer has suggested the role should be a joint one with Southgate and Hoddle at the helm, and Hoddle has of course proved himself in the past.
His win rate as England manager was 60% (a stat only bettered by Ramsey and Capello) but the manner of his dismissal and circumstances around it, would, you’d assume, rule out a return.
Alan Pardew – 12/1 with bet365
Alan Pardew’s managerial career to date reads as follows; he was sacked by West Ham, left Charlton Athletic ‘by mutual consent’ after relegating them, sacked by Southampton amidst reports of a fallout with the chairman, and then left Newcastle for Crystal Palace.
You could spend a day reading about the various controversies in which he’s been involved, and a manager who was once sent to the stands for headbutting an opponent is unlikely to be selected as England manager.
Sam Allardyce – 16/1 with Betway
Big Sam is revered as a manager who knows how to keep teams in the Premier League and ensure they perform far better than they should. He is not however known for managing big sides, nor ‘big names’ and the England job is surely too major a step up for Allardyce.
Doubtless England would have beaten Iceland with Allardyce in charge, and he’s a safe, solid choice but not one that would say much for the ambition of the FA going forward.
Harry Redknapp – 16/1 with BetVictor
Harry Redknapp was once the people’s favourite but his time has come and gone. A piece by Redknapp appeared in The Telegraph this morning discussing the vacancy in which he stated that he has “no faith whatsoever in the FA picking the right man to succeed him”.
Redknapp clearly states that “You can count me (sic) out”, and so unless you believe he’s playing the ‘treat em mean’ and ‘playing hard to get’ cards then don’t waste your money on a wager on Harry.
Redknapp also dismissed the idea of Gary Neville and Gareth Southgate as suitable candidates.
Redknapp wasn’t finished there either and said: “We’ve got the farcical situation of Dan Ashworth selecting the next England manager and I’m really not sure about his credentials either. It appears that anyone connected with West Brom seems to have a chance.”
Who else is there?
Brendan Rodgers has just started at Celtic whilst Eddie Howe is surely too young and inexperienced, as is Gary Neville.
The USA finished fourth in this Copa America with Jürgen Klinsmann, and whilst they didn’t play the best football at this competition they’ve been consistent throughout his time in charge. They reached the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup and won the CONCACAF in 2013.
Klinsmann was also successful during his time managing Germany and it was his own decision not to renew his contract after they finished third at the 2006 World Cup. His assistant manager, Joachim Low, succeeded him.
The song ‘Who do you think your are kidding Mr.Klinsmann?’ was hugely popular with German fans throughout the tournament, and is a tune the English won’t need long to learn.
US Soccer President Sunil Gulati said after the third placed defeat to Colombia: “Getting to the semifinals is very good, but I never said he wasn’t on solid ground or was on solid ground or anything else.”
Klinsmann is at 25/1 with bet365 to be appointed as the next England manager.