Gareth Southgate has emerged as the hot favourite to take over as England boss following the sacking of Sam Allardyce on Tuesday evening.
Allardyce left his position as manager after just one game in charge after a sting published in the Daily Telegraph alleged he advised fake businessman on how to “get around FA rules” on player transfers. Still he had a 100% record, so at least that’s something…
Here are the top six replacements in the betting for the Wembley hotseat.
A popular figure within the Football Association, England’s U21 boss Gareth Southgate reportedly “shocked” his employers by not wanting the top job after Roy Hodgson’s departure.
While it’s hardly a glamour role, Southgate has led the England U21s to international tournaments – which will be a plus in his column.
Many will feel he doesn’t have the required experience to manager his country, but he has more than the highly-touted Howe does.
It may be his lack of club roles that sees him miss out, but he is already ‘in house’ so to speak – don’t rule him out just yet.
Pardew was a strong contender the last time the job was available before it went to Allardyce, and now the Londoner is fancied to ascend into office.
A popular figure in the game (and a hell of a dancer), Pardew’s Crystal Palace side have started the Premier League with gusto and find themselves seventh in the table.
Three wins on the spin, including a miracle comeback at Sunderland, have helped to further his claim for the international gig.
Pardew is admired for the job he did at both Newcastle and West Ham. He’s also came within touching distance of the FA Cup twice, with the Hammers 2006 and his current charges Palace last season.
His managerial career hasn’t been short of controversy however, tussles with Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini spring to mind. In 2014, while Pardew was managing Newcastle, he was widely criticised for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler in a heated touchline row.
If you were to walk down any street in England, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe would be the man on most people’s lips.
Bar a brief fling with Burnley, Howe’s been practically wedded to the Bournemouth job since he took over in 2008, after spending most of his playing career with the Cherries.
At 38 years old, Howe’s a relative pup in managerial terms, but it’s the possession-based, attractive style of play he’s implemented on the south coast that’s captured the imagination of the English public.
Howe’s led his Cherries from League Two to the promised land of the Premier League, but probably his most impressive achievement to date was keeping them up on a shoestring budget last campaign.
Should the FA have to pay out a hefty compensation package to move Allardyce along, out-of-work, former Hull City supremo Steve Bruce may become a likely prospect.
Having left the Tigers in the summer, after suffering the disappointment of supposedly being the one to miss out to Big Sam for the England post, Bruce would be freely available and probably willing to speak to the top brass at Wembley about the post.
With spells at Birmingham, Wigan, Sunderland and Hull’s double promotion (2013, 2016) on his CV, Bruce’s experience is not in question.
The argument will be can he cut it at the very top level, where he’s never been before.
Every time a sniff of the Three Lions job comes around, Glenn Hoddle’s name comes right into the conversation.
As one of his country’s greatest ever players, Hoddle had the honour of leading England into the 1998 World Cup. The inevitable penalty loss (to Argentina) followed and shortly after Hoddle ironically found himself hounded out of the job thanks to newspaper revelations (sound familiar?).
Hoddle was sacked in January 1999 following a controversial interview in the Times where his comments on disabled people drew the ire of the public at large.
As a manager he was apparently very popular with his charges, but has failed to hold down a role with any longevity since his time over England and he’s been out of the game as a manager since stepping down from the Wolves job in 2006.
A German one of the favourites to be England manager, say it isn’t so!
The funny thing is, that out of all the people on this list the former Tottenham striker Klinsmann probably has the best list of credentials. Klinsmann impressed after taking over his own national team in 2004 – his first managerial post – finishing in third place at a home World Cup 2006.
Despite calls to stay on, Klinsmann decided to step down and had a brief spell in charge of Bayern Munich before crossing the Atlantic to take over as USA manager in 2011.
Klinsmann remains in charge to this day and he even managed to get the US public to embrace ‘soccer’ after guiding an unfancied American side to the brink of a World Cup quarter-final in 2014.
Stranger things have happened in football!
By-the-by, punters fancying a right outside shot can find Wanye Rooney at 200/1. Let face it, he needs to start getting used to a spot on the bench.