Manchester United legend Gary Neville could be excused for shying away from management roles after his less than fruitful start to life on the touchline.
The former Valencia boss of just four months resigned from his senior coaching role under Roy Hodgson in the wake of England’s embarrassing 2-1 defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016.
And yet, Neville is believed to be in the running to make an immediate return to the national team setup.
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The likes of Eddie Howe, Jurgen Klinsmann, Steve Bruce, Gary Lineker and even Harry Redknapp have been considered to replace Hodgson, but one man in particular is considered the outright favourite.
The Mirror reports Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is increasingly likely to be offered the top job, with Neville tipped to resume his post among the Three Lions coaching staff as his second-in-command.
The FA – reportedly influenced by Sir Alex Ferguson – are thought to be keen on appointing an Englishman in both roles, though they are yet to commence official negotiations with Allardyce nor Neville.
The ex-United defender certainly fits the bill in that regard and is said to be interested in working alongside the divisive Premier League boss.
This would force the 41-year-old to combine his assistant role and a return to punditry with Sky Sports – just as he did in order to take the Valencia job last December.
Neville would be an intriguing pick so after quitting his previous role under Hodgson, but it is clear the FA think highly of his managerial potential.
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