Who's next for England?
Roy Hodgson has left his position as England manager following his sides dismal showing at Euro 2016. Defeat to Iceland on Monday saw Hodgson resign shortly after the final whistle, bringing his four year spell in charge to an end. A selection panel consisting of the FA's chief executive Martin Glenn, board member David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth will now go about the process of finding Hodgson's successor.
The early favourite with the bookmakers had been the England under-21's boss Gareth Southgate but he has said he has no interest in taking over from Hodgson. It had been believed that Southgate would take the job on an interim basis before a more permanent successor was found. However the 45-year-old has intimated that he has no desire to take the job at this stage in either a temporary or more permanent capacity. Odds on the former Middlesbrough manager had been slashed to around 7/4 but after the latest reports he has drifted to a best price of 12/1 with Bet365.
The FA are believed to be keen on the idea of appointing Arsene Wenger in somewhat of a surprising move. The Arsenal boss has a year remaining on his contract with the Gunners and it has been reported that the FA would be prepared to wait before commencing negotiations. Wenger of course has over 20 years experience of managing in this country and has won multiple trophies during in that time. He plays an attractive brand of football, which could be instilled across multiple age groups given the fact he has an excellent previous track record of developing young talent. His appointment would be seen as quite the coup for the FA despite some considering his best years to be behind him. However would he really leave Arsenal to take the England job? The FA may well be keen on acquiring his services and does appear a good fit, although the bookmakers certainly consider this an outside prospect. He can be found across a few of the bookies at 12/1 though 888Sport currently offer the best price of 17/1.
Glen Hoddle has been tipped by some as a potential candidate and the former England boss is still highly regarded despite his lack of coaching success. Hoddle has not coached since 2006 when he was in charge at Wolves following a similarly disappointing spell in charge of Tottenham. However he is highly thought due to his emphasis on a technical style of football though his spiritual beliefs probably count against him. Would the FA really consider Hoddle again? Given the fact he has been out of management for over a decade, it certainly appears unlikely. He is however one of the frontrunners for the job which is perhaps reflective of the calibre of the available candidates. Hoddle can be found at 7/1 with Skybet to make a return as the national team manager.
The favourite at the time of writing is in fact Jurgen Klinsmann. The former Spurs striker is currently in charge of the US national team having led them to the Semi-Finals of the recent Copa America. He has also managed the German national team as well as Bayern Munich so he certainly has the top level experience required. His spell in charge of Germany was seen by many as crucial in the long term development of the national side and a similar job in charge of England would be most welcomed. Klinsmann has indicated he would be interested in taking the England job but how would the public react to a German coach in charge of the national team? He may find himself as favourite by default given the other candidates but he is priced at 13/2 with Paddy Power.
Alan Shearer has expressed his desire in taking the job whilst former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has also been linked. However at this early stage there is no clear candidate for what is certainly becoming one of the most difficult jobs in football.