FA chief executive Martin Glenn and former England manager Roy Hodgson after the defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.

No English manager is currently good enough to lead the national side

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The Football Association have announced that they will be consulting leading football figures such as Harry Redknapp, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Gary Lineker in appointing the next England manager.

Roy Hodgson departed as England manager after the embarrassing last 16 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016. England's group stage exit at the World Cup in Brazil two years earlier represents an abysmal reign as England manager for Hodgson.

With the FA searching for a new manager, the debate has reopened on whether the national team manager should be English.


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If there was an Englishman who possessed the credentials and the experience to coach England then that would be ideal, but unfortunately there isn't.

England U21's manager Gareth Southgate has been heavily linked with the job but the former Aston Villa player doesn't have any experience of managing at such a high level and was sacked by Middlesbrough in his only other previous managerial job.

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe looks like an obvious choice to take over in the future with his attractive style of play, but for now it's probably too soon for such a young manager lacking in experience.

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle is reportedly keen on becoming the national team coach for a second time after being sacked for non-footballing reasons in 1998, but Hoddle has been out of management for such a long period that his appointment would be a huge risk.

Englishmen lack necessary experience 

Both Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce just don't possess the tactical ability to manage England, with neither coach having managed in the Champions League or even at one of the Premier League's top clubs.

Alan Shearer has also put his name forward after previously holding talks with the FA four or five years ago. Appointing the former Premier League winner would be a ludicrous descion considering his only managerial experience came from a two month spell at Newcastle where they were relegated.

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Foreign managers such as Jurgen Klinsmann and Arsene Wenger have also been linked and would both be better options than any current available Englishman.

Klinsmann led an average German side to the 2006 World cup semi-finals and is currently doing an impressive job with the United States national team, while Wenger's success and English experience makes him an ideal candidate.

Jose Mourinho would have been he perfect candidate. The Portuguese is still one of the best managers in the world and his love for the Premier League and the English way of life has been well documented, but of course he won't be in the running now after taking the Manchester United job.


People will argue Fabio Capello's England reign is a perfect example of why the English manager should be English, but you hope the FA won't make the obvious mistake again, of appointing a man who could barely speak the language.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn embarrassingly admitted that he is no football expert. A concerning statement from a man who will have a huge say in who the next England manager will be.

Statements like this don't give you much hope in the FA's ability to make the right decision but it seems fairly obvious that there are no English managers currently good enough to lead the side, and if England want to be successful at major tournaments then they need to appoint a world class coach with proven experience; a trait no Englishman currently possesses.   

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