According to reports, the Football Association are set to appoint Gareth Southgate as the new England manager - albeit on an interim basis to begin with.
The 45-year-old, who is currently the head coach of the England Under-21 side, is likely to be in charge of the Three Lions for England’s first 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in nine weeks’ time.
This is according to the Guardian, who understand that the FA will conduct an “exhaustive and global search” for Roy Hodgson’s successor.
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Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers are both expected to be sounded out by the FA, who have now begun the hunt for Hodgson’s permanent replacement.
In the meantime, though, it seems that England’s Euro 2016 flops will be managed by Southgate - and that could be bad news according to a player who previously worked under the retired defender at Middlesbrough.
Mido reacts to Southgate reports
Mido, who Southgate didn’t exactly bring the best out of at the Riverside Stadium, has reacted to the news of his former manager’s potential appointment by the FA on Twitter.
“I can't believe that in England they are talking about @GarethSouthgate to become the new Manager!!” the 33-year-old wrote. “I hope he learned since the @Boro days!!”
Hardly a glowing reference, there, from the Egyptian striker.
Southgate lasted three years at Boro before he was sacked by the club in 2009.
He went on to work as a television pundit before accepting the call from the FA in 2013 to manage the Under-21s.
Some England fans are also underwhelmed
However, Mido is not the only person underwhelmed by the FA’s decision to turn to Southgate following the dismissal of Hodgson.
Plenty of England fans have taken to social media to express their view that Southgate would be an underwhelming choice, despite the fact he will only be offered the job - in the short term - on a temporary basis.
Hodgson resigned before he was sacked following Monday night’s humiliating 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last-16 of the European Championships.
Will Gareth Southgate help steady the ship - or have the FA completely lost the plot? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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