Southgate’s going home. Well, not yet. But he could be if England flop at Euro 2020. The beaten World Cup 2018 semi finalists are among the favourites for this summer’s continent-crossing soccer spectacle but, with a potential tricky last-16 tie lying in wait, there’s a chance it could be another disappointing campaign for England.
On the flip side, Southgate might win every game 5-0 and end the *insert big number* years of hurt for England and ride off into the sun with an eye on the Barcelona job at some point. Whatever happens, Southgate’s tenure will end at some point and with a major tournament taking place right now, Paddy’s traders have weighed up the runners and riders to replace Southgate whenever, however and wherever he goes.
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is a boyhood fan of the club and is doing a cracking job in the Midlands. But if England came calling the lure would surely be too tempting to resist. Plus, Jack Grealish might actually get a game which would go down well with England fans.
Big Mike Bassett England manager vibes if Sean Dyche takes the top job. 4-4-f*****g-2, reciting Kipling, getting it up to the big man, no messing about and 0-0 draws with Lithuania and Estonia at home in group qualifying awaits.
Maybe this is what Eddie Howe’s been waiting for? The former Bournemouth boss reportedly pulled out of talks for the Celtic job and has been out of work for over 12 months after guiding The Cherries back into The Championship.
Brighton boss Graham Potter enjoys a growing reputation for his easy on the eye but ultimately flawed football. Could be perfect for England if they want to stick with their long-standing tradition of being the nearly men.
England and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard couldn’t quite hack it at the top of the club game, getting the boot at Stamford Bridge after 18 months in charge. International football might be more to his liking, after all, you can’t blow £200m on transfers in this sphere. Expect Mason Mount to become captain and start every game up front.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has had an impressive start to life as a manager, ending Celtic’s stranglehold on the Scottish Premiership in emphatic fashion. He racked up 114 caps for the Three Lions and would surely jump at the chance to take England to repeated quarter finals just like he did as a player.
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