Is Southgate set for permanent England position?
Ahead of his first game as caretaker boss of England, Gareth Southgate remains the clear favourite of getting the job on a permanent basis. Southgate has been named in charge for England's next four games and ahead of his first at home to Malta, just what are the chances of him getting the job full-time?
The game at Wembley with Malta provides the perfect opportunity for the former Middlesbrough boss to get his tenure underway with a victory. England are huge favourites against a side ranked 176th in the world and who lost their opening qualifier 5-1 at home to Scotland. Southgate will be expected to get a confidence boosting win in his first game in charge and no matter how bad the state of English football, it's surely in good enough shape to beat Malta. Southgate remains the bookies' favourite to be named Sam Alladrdyce's permanent successor at a best price of 13/8 with BetVictor. Next up after the Malta game is a trip to Slovenia on the 11th October before another qualifier against Scotland and a friendly with Spain in November. All three qualifying games are certainly very winnable so the chances of Southgate making an impressive start are likely.
The option of Arsene Wenger is however likely to remain an intriguing prospect for the FA, who are known admirers of the Arsenal boss. Wenger is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and has spoken about the possibility of taking the England job but only once he had no further commitments to the Gunners. Could he be tempted to leave the Emirates at the end of this season and take the job? The FA would certainly like that to be the case, as fans of Wenger's footballing philosophy as well as his faith in young players. An experienced hand as well as enjoying a career free from scandal means that the 66-year-old seemingly ticks all of the boxes. He is the firm second favourite for the job and available at a best price of 5/1 with both Bet365 and BetVictor.
The third man in the running in the eyes of the bookies' is the slightly left field choice of Ralf Rangnick. The FA are believed to have spoken with the German after Roy Hodgson was sacked and would reportedly be interested in discussing the role with 58-year-old once more. Rangnick has always spoken of his desire to manage in England having studied over there as a youngster and has enjoyed successful spells as manager of German clubs Schalke and Red Bull Leipzig. FA technical director Dan Ashworth had previously targeted the German when he was working for West Brom so he is clearly a fan. It would certainly be the surprise option but at a best price of 6/1 with BetVictor, the bookies' certainly don't see this as that much of a long shot.
Steve Bruce, Roberto Mancini and Eddie Howe are featured further down list of other contenders but Sam Allardyce's replacement looks as though he will come from the trio listed above.
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