Who's next for the England job?
Sam Allardyce's reign as England manager has come to an end after just 67 days and one game in charge. Allardyce has left his position by mutual consent after an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph showed him offering advice on how to "get around" FA rules on the transfers of players.
The 61-year-old was also shown to use his role in order to negotiate a £400,000 deal to represent the Far Eastern consortium, who were in fact Daily Telegraph journalists. Undercover footage also showed 'Big Sam' criticising his predecessor Roy Hodgson and his assistant Gary Neville as well as the decision to spend so much money during the re-build of Wembley stadium. However it was his quotes on evading third-party ownership that has lead to him leaving his role.
England are due to play two World Cup qualifying matches in October against Malta at Wembley and Slovenia away with Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate to take charge of both games. Southgate is also to remain in charge for two fixtures in November, including a home qualifier with Scotland as well as a friendly against Spain. The former Middlesbrough boss however stressed he was not ready to succeed Roy Hodgson after Euro 2016, so will he really want to take the job on a permanent basis this time around?
Well Southgate is in fact the bookies' favourite to be the permanent replacement as this very early stage. The qualifiers he will take charge for all looking very winnable encounters and if he were able to claim three wins, then public opinion would certainly be far more favourable towards him. At present, BetVictor are currently offering best odds on the man who is favourite across the board.
The only other man the FA spoke to with regards to succeeding Hodgson in the summer other than Allardyce was Steve Bruce and once again his name is firmly in contention. Bruce has since left his job as Hull manager after winning them promotion back to the Premier League and his availability means that he could start as soon as possible. He was clearly approached by the FA last time out, so will they look to hold talks with Bruce again this time around? Well if you think that he could perhaps succeed Allardyce, he is a price of 3/1 with Bet365.
Further names that feature prominently in the running include Eddie Howe and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Howe has won many plaudits for the work he has done at Bournemouth and his attractive brand of football would prove popular. However his age and lack of experience could well count against him, having only managed one season so far in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger meanwhile is believed to be a very popular candidate amongst the FA although it is very unlikely he would opt to leave Arsenal at this stage of the season. Alan Pardew, the Crystal Palace boss is the third favourite amongst the bookies but at a considerably longer price of around 8/1.
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