England fans looking down the list of their next potential manager have been totally underwhelmed.
According to the bookmakers, Gareth Southgate, Glenn Hoddle, Alan Pardew, Eddie Howe and Harry Redknapp are the front runners for the job with supporters seemingly unsure on all five of them.
With England’s first World Cup qualifier just over two months away, the FA need to work quickly to appoint their next boss. However, various reports suggest that the three men responsible for finding Roy Hodgson’s replacement - Martin Glenn, Dan Ashworth and David Gill - are interested in appointing Southgate on an interim basis before finding a permanent boss ahead of the Russia World Cup in two years.
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And, according to The Sun, the FA are likely to approach three men in the hope to persuade them to take the job on a permanent basis. They are: West Ham’s Slaven Bilic, Claudio Ranieri of Leicester and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.
Chief executive, Glenn, alluded to this plan when he told reporters: “We’d like to get one for the first World Cup qualifier — but if we don’t we have an interim plan in mind.
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“If you said, this person is an absolute shoo-in, can you wait? Then we are well placed with an interim solution.
“Otherwise you might get a few interim solutions, a few managers to come and help.
“To wait a few months, if that is what we had to do, would be the right decision.”
And when asked about the possibility of Southgate becoming that interim manager, he replied: “We’re not talking about names today but it would be a pretty obvious one to pick.
“We just don’t know yet who the runners and riders would be.”
Let’s take a look at the three candidates.
Bilic has international experience having managed his native Croatia for six years and helped revive the national side during that period.
He’s impressed during his first campaign in charge of West Ham, finishing seventh, and he did his prospects no harm demonstrating excellent passion and knowledge during his punditry for ITV at Euro 2016.
Ranieri also has international experience - although he only lasted four matches at Greece in 2014 before getting the sack. However, winning the Premier League for Leicester last season showed exactly how he can motivate players and galvanise a squad - something England desperately need.
Wenger has one year remaining on his Arsenal contract and could be leaving next summer despite the chance of him being offered an extension. Having managed in England for 20 years, the Frenchman knows the country extensively and if, he leaves the Gunners, could be tempted for one final managerial role.
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