Roy Hodgson will be soon naming his squad for the European championships and the whole nation will be hoping that things go a bit better than they did at the World Cup in 2014.
England’s worst performance at a World Cup since 1958 would normally see the manager quickly depart, but the FA have shown remarkable patience and loyalty to Hodgson. However, barring actually lifting the trophy in the Stade de France stadium on July 10, this will probably be the 69-year-old’s last stand as he is certainly keen not to "outstay any welcome."
So here are four possible candidates to be the next England manager.
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Top Man (Eddie Howe)
Howe is currently, at 15th place in the Premier League, the highest-placed English manager in the country. That fact speaks volumes about the state of English football but that should not take away from the Bournemouth manager's achievement.
The 38-year-old is young enough to grow into the job but maybe would need to start with the under-21s in order to gain experience at international level.
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Natural Successor (Gareth Southgate)
The FA have hoped that the under-21 manager’s job will serve as an apprenticeship towards the senior job but it has not happened like that in the past. Having played at the highest level and with solid management experience with Middlesbrough, Southgate could yet be the first person to make the grade. With his current FA contract due to expire in 2017, the 45-year-old may be considered a safe pair of hands.
Bookies' Favourite (Brendan Rodgers)
After leaving Liverpool, Rodgers has not been shy about declaring his desire to manage England. Despite being from Northern Ireland, the 43-year-old remains the bookmakers' favourite and is backed by ex-Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard.
With the FA happy to consider a non-English candidate again, Rodgers will certainly be on the short-list, and having come close to winning the Premier League with Liverpool in 2014, he could definitely be worth a gamble.
Outside Choice (Jose Mourinho)
This is not likely to happen if only because the rumours already have him as a nailed-on certainty to take over from Louis van Gaal at Manchester United this summer. The Portuguese has stated on many occasions that he would like a national team job, and indeed was very close to being appointed England manager in 2007.
It could still happen and, if United decide to stick to their declared succession plan of Van Gaal handing over to assistant manager Ryan Giggs, the Portuguese could yet be leading England to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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