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Gareth Southgate is the current favourite..

England fans really not happy with the idea of Gareth Southgate

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The vast majority of England fans were happy to see Roy Hodgson hand in his resignation following the disastrous defeat to Iceland, bringing an embarrassing end to their Euro 2016 campaign.

However, it is those same fans who now appear to be complaining about the frontrunner to succeed Hodgson. As England's successful Under-21 manager, it was only natural that Gareth Southgate would emerge as the early contender.

Most bookmakers installed him as the immediate favourite in the aftermath of Hodgson's departure and the odds have only tumbled overnight. Now, he can be found as short as 11/8 on Sky Bet with Glenn Hoddle the second favourite at around 8/1.

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His credentials stem from the fact that he is already within the England system at St George's Park and recently guided our young hopefuls to success at the famous youth tournament in Toulon. But the plus points on his CV are massively trumped by his shortcomings. 

It cannot be forgotten that Southgate has only had one managerial job in the Premier League, which came to an end seven years ago when he condemned Middlesbrough to relegation. Had it not been for an over supportive chairman, it probably would have ended much sooner.

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Needless to say, the majority of reaction from Twitter appears to suggest he is not the popular choice. Take a look at the best of it below:

One man is hoping the FA do appoint Gareth Southgate:

The other candidates

As previously mentioned, former England manager Hoddle is up there with the frontrunners while Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew and Bournemouth's Eddie Howe are also in the reckoning.

Bookmakers are also offering odds on Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers, both of whom recently started jobs at Manchester United and Celtic respectively. We suggest you do not waste your money.

Our Tip

One name to look out for will be former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink. The veteran Dutchman has already declared his interest in taking charge of the Russian national team ahead of the next World Cup but the chance to remain in London to coach one of the world's biggest footballing nations would surely be tempting.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the Football Association will consider another foreign manager after failed experiments with Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.

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