Almost everyone in football has had their say on who the next England manager should be. While these football figures may be respected in the game, the only opinions that count are those of Martin Glenn, David Gill and Dan Ashworth - the three men responsible for picking the next boss.
However, the trio at the FA may well be influenced by what the players think and it appears the squad have decided on who they want.
According to The Sun, the players want Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger to replace Roy Hodgson. It’s believed that the possibility of the Frenchman was discussed during their ‘boozy inquest’ following the embarrassing defeat to Iceland.
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After the 2-1 defeat in Nice, the squad went back to their AC Hotel and drank until the early hours. It’s now being reported that one of the topics was who the next manager will be with them all decided on Wenger.
They believe that his stature and standing in the English game puts him in good stead to take the country forward. But Wenger has twice turned down the job in the past and is still under contract at Arsenal for another year.
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Although he plans on signing a new deal at the Emirates, the FA could intervene and could offer him the job for a third time.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn has already confirmed that he is willing to speak with the senior players about their preferred candidate.
Glenn is also willing to consider the possibility of a foreign manager.
“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,” he said.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Wenger has reservations about the England role. The Arsenal boss has concerns how he would fit into the FA’s infrastructure and he believes that Hodgson’s replacement should be an Englishman.
It seems as though the FA’s first choice was to appoint Gareth Southgate as an interim boss but the former defender turned down the opportunity.
After Southgate’s snub, Jurgen Klinsmann, Glen Hoddle and Sam Allardyce are the three front-runners for the role according to the bookmaker with Wenger rated as a 20/1 shot by some.
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