Writing in a column for the Daily Telegraph, Owen said “The proposition that would excite me once Hodgson steps aside as expected in two years is to offer the opportunity to someone at the start of his coaching career and give him the platform to thrive.”
Owen, who scored 40 goals for his country, also dismissed suggestions that Neville’s lack of managerial experience would hinder his capacity to take over from Hodgson: “I do not buy the idea that lack of management experience would hinder Neville, because there is no comparison between managing your country and a Premier League club.”
Neville next England manager
It is certainly an interesting proposition from Neville’s former England and Manchester United teammate, and would help to maintain continuity from Hodgson’s rein at the same time as reinvigorating the national side with a new sense of direction.
Neville, 39, has earned plaudits for his role in punditry for Sky Sports since retirement and has been part of England’s coaching set-up since 2012.
Will the FA go with inexperience?
Whether the FA decide to take on someone with more managerial experience, or try someone who is considered a slightly precarious appointment, is still up to much debate.
However, should the position be opened in 2016, they will hope that the new boss will help to inspire the relatively young England side to tournament success.
As a relatively young coach, there is little doubt that Neville would use his own playing experiences to help mould young stars such as Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley to name but a few, into world class players on the international stage.
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