Who will be the next England manager?
It’s the question fans have been asking ever since Roy Hodgson resigned after that humiliating defeat to Iceland.
But, in truth, there are no outstanding candidates with Gareth Southgate, Glenn Hoddle, Alan Pardew, Eddie Howe and Harry Redknapp the five favourites for the job, according to the bookmakers.
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While there’s no doubt that everyone will have differing opinions, it’s up to Martin Glenn, Dan Ashworth and David Gill to find the ideal replacement for Hodgson.
However, if it was up to Jamie Carragher, there’s only one man for the job. That man is USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
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"I wouldn’t knock the idea of appointing Jurgen Klinsmann,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“He has been to a World Cup semi-final with Germany, a Copa America semi-final with the United States and knows our game.”
If you look down the bookmakers list of potential England managers, Klinsmann is rated as 25/1 shot with some firms of becoming the next boss of the Three Lions.
Nationality of the next boss
Despite Carragher throwing Klinsmann’s name into the ring, the former Liverpool defender admits the next England manger should, ideally, be English.
"My own view is that international football should be about the best in your country against the best of someone else’s, so I had always favoured an Englishman but there can be no complaints if the FA look to a foreign coach,” he said.
Carragher’s view that he is willing to see a foreign manager in charge of England is echoed by FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn who said: “We'll be looking for the best person for the job. We're not ruling out foreign managers. We will have the best people to take this exciting group further forward."
Klinsmann is 'intrigued'
And, while Carragher wants Klinsmann, it appears that the German also wants England. That’s according to Sky Sports who claim that the former Tottenham striker is “intrigued” by the possibility of managing the Three Lions.
But England supporters can’t be blamed if they don’t have faith in chief executive Glenn making the right decision after his comments yesterday.
Glenn admitted that he’s “not a football expert” just minutes before claiming that “I’ll be one of three people deciding the next England manager.”
Let’s hope the FA get this decision spot on and appoint the right man to lead the squad to the Russia World Cup in two years time.
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