Just a week ago, the direction of the England’s national football team appeared set under the management of Sam Allardyce.
However, given this week’s remarkable sting operation by The Telegraph, it’s clear that the Three Lions are back to square one. Just one game on since Euro 2016 and the FA are looking for their second manager in as many months.
With no clear candidate to replace Allardyce, numerous supporters and pundits have offered their opinions on the matter. The latest ex-footballer to provide advice has proven Robbie Savage.
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The past few days have proven a jarring case of déjà vu.
Upon Allardyce rendering his own position untenable via series of secretly recorded conversations, the England job is once again vacant. It’s proven a swift turn around.
Just days since ‘Big Sam’ agreed to concede his position; Gareth Southgate was nominated as the man to take temporary charge in 2016. This hasn’t served to quell speculation over his permanent successor however.
Some see this show in faith of Southgate as a potential audition for the ex-Middlesbrough manager. Others meanwhile, see the 46-year-old as means through which the FA can carefully consider their next move.
Savage, writing for The Mirror, is in the latter camp and believes Arsene Wenger is the only choice for the Three Lions.
While Wenger has been one of the most frequented names in association with the job, it proves surprising regardless. Even so, the Arsenal boss seems to be fancied by pundits and bookies more and more as the days roll past.
His contract at the Emirates may extend to next summer, but it hasn’t stopped Savage arguing his case. The ex-Derby County midfielder stated: “Step forward, Arsene Wenger. Your adopted country needs you.
“He is out of contract next summer, and he admitted at his press conference on Friday that he he would like to manage England “one day” - so what are the FA waiting for?
“Install Wenger next summer, with a year to prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and everyone gets the best of all worlds: Le Professeur does not break his contract at Arsenal - something he has always insisted he would never do - and England get the best available man.
“In 20 years at Arsenal, this is the man who built the Invincibles.
“Any Englishman who saw the Gunners destroy Chelsea last weekend, or do a similar job on Basel on Wednesday night, would crawl on their hands and knees to appoint a man whose teams play with such flair, tempo and quality.”
Simply put, Savage thinks England should hold out until the summer and then move in for Wenger. It would prove a risky tactic from the FA, but if they could be certain of securing the Frenchman it could be a very cunning decision.
Large groups of supporters may be dismissing the Wenger link as mere speculation, but the rumours are intensifying.
It proves an odd match at first, but when you consider the Arsenal man’s record on English shores, it seems more logical. Besides, at least the FA could be sure that Wenger won’t be partaking in questionable conversations behind closed doors. Surely, right?
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