Last week, Gareth Southgate announced that he would not be interested in becoming England manager, even on an interim basis.
The Guardian understands that the former England defender had "serious reservations" about taking the job.
For some, declining talks about one of the most prestigious jobs in football might be hard to understand. Yet the nosedive in confidence surrounding the national team following the shock - but deserved - defeat to Iceland surely means that few will want to manage a team in such turmoil.
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The chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, acknowledged the likelihood of recruitment issues; “It’s got to be somebody who really knows English football,” he said regarding the newly available position.
Adding: "The harder question is why anybody would want it.”
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Two contenders cited in the press have been West Ham manager and ITV pundit Slaven Bilic and ex-Manchester United defender and newly dismissed PSG manager Laurent Blanc.
It is hard to imagine either candidate preferring international management to the challenges of domestic football unless they take the unlikely decision to do both at the same time.
Not only is domestic football a better field for progressing their respective careers, the pressure of this job in particular could cripple their now-bright careers if they fail to lead England to success in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In addition, the fact that neither is English could give them more to prove, especially among England fans who witnessed the less than prolific reigns of Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.
Eddie Howe, Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce are now the only Englishmen left in contention, with Gary Neville falling off the radar recently. After his embarrassing time at Valencia, it is unlikely Neville will be keen to try again in such a high-profile job.
But it seems even more unlikely that someone English would want the job, and it might actually be more prudent to employ someone with less emotional investment in the side.
A foreign manager with a cool head could be just what England need, if they can find anyone willing to take the reins of a seemingly cursed job.
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