Until a matter of weeks ago, the idea of Sam Allardyce managing England would have been laughed at.
The Sunderland pragmatist is known for his straight talking and direct brand of football and after the Three Lions' Euro 2016 humiliation, his no-nonsense approach has seen him become favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson.
The 61-year-old has now received a timely boost in his bid to take over the national side after the FA were warned off one of his rival candidates.
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Jurgen Klinsmann is the other main name being talked about in connection with England's top job, but when the FA began their consultation process, they were given some worrying feedback.
According to the Daily Mail, officials were warned that the former Tottenham striker's inability to compromise can make him difficult to work with.
Klinsmann's combativeness has reportedly seen him fall out with the US Soccer hierarchy, hence why they would happily let him leave should he want to take charge of England.
However, the FA still intend to interview the World Cup winner to find out for themselves whether he is the man to take the national side forward.
As for Allardyce, he has already spoken to a three-man panel of Dan Ashworth, Martin Glenn and David Gill.
Steve Bruce is another possible candidate, though the FA are yet to approach Hull City.
All that leaves Allardyce in pole position. Whoever is appointed is expected to work alongside a younger coach, with Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker all being mentioned as potential candidates - so all the indications are that it will be an Englishman who takes the reins.
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