Next England Manager
England are in the process of trying to qualify for the 2018 World Cup which will be played in Russia. To say there has been some trouble in English football would be an understatement. First, England were embarrassingly knocked out of the Euros by Iceland which prompted Roy Hodgson to step down.
Former Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was then brought in to take the team forward but he only lasted one match before stepping down following a number of serious violations. Gareth Southgate is now the man taking charge of the team but only as caretaker manager. Will he stay on and make the permanent position his? Here the latest odds from Paddy Power as to who may get the permanent England job.
1.Gareth Southgate 11/8
The man who was thrown in to take charge after the Allardyce debacle is the bookies favourite to become the permanent manager. Southgate’s first game in charge saw him record a victory when England cruised to a 2-0 win over Malta. His second game against Slovenia ended up in a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia so on the pitch there hasn’t been much to make English fans smile about.
Many pundits and fans are looking at what Southgate can bring to the team in order to make England a dominant force once more. Ahead of England’s game against Slovenia, Southgate stated that Wayne Rooney would be dropped from the starting lineup. Rooney has been in poor form all season but he always kept his place in the England first eleven.
Southgate’s decision to drop Rooney has been met with positive reaction and it’s about time an England manager put his foot down and didn’t bow down to players underperforming. At odds of 11/8 Southgate is the heavy favourite to get the job but in football anything is possible. The next few games will be important and the way in which Southgate manages his players will also be key in determining whether the FA decides to hand him the permanent job.
2. Roberto Mancini 11/2
This is an interesting one. The bookies have now added former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini to the mix and he is at decent odds of taking charge of England. Mancini had a good few years as City boss but also went through some difficult times. Mancini was seen at Wembley when England took on Malta and this prompted the media into instant action stating that he was about to be named as England manager.
Mancini’s wealth of experience is one thing that does bode well for him. He managed the Manchester club from 2009 until 2013 which would have increased his knowledge of the English game. He has also managed some of the top teams in club football including Inter Milan. He first managed the Italian giants from 2004 until 2008 and then went back for another spell with them after he left City.
Perhaps England needs a manager such as Mancini that would bring a mix of European flair coupled with English grit. The one-dimensional approach that England fans have become used to needs to be abandoned with some fresh ideas in order to get them challenging for major honors once again.
With his appearance at Wembley tongues will be wagging but there is still nothing concrete regarding a job for him as England boss. Still though, at odds of 11/2 it could be tempting to place some extra cash on the Italian.
3. Arsene Wenger 6/1
Rumours of the Frenchman taking the England job just won’t go away. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t look like he will take it anytime before June next year. Wenger has reiterated that he will be staying with Arsenal until his contract expires and even then there is a good chance that Arsenal will extend his contract. With Wenger’s mammoth knowledge of the English game, he could do a proper job with England. Wenger has shown on many occasions that with the top players he can get them playing some of the best football in the world.
Wenger has been asked about taking the England job and he has always stated that he would be interested. The major obstacle though is Arsenal, the one thing that Wenger cares about the most in the world of football. At 6/1 the odds are enticing but only expect this one to happen if England has still not named a permanent manager come the middle of 2017.
4. Eddie Howe 10/1
The Bournemouth manager has come in for a lot of praise over the last year or so and this is because of his ability to get his team playing attractive football no matter who they are up against. Last season Howe was not afraid to take on the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City away from home and encouraged his players to go for it, rather than just command his whole team to sit back and defend. This is something that is fresh and positive from an English manager and although he is still relatively young, 38-years-old, he could do a fine job as England boss.
Howe has also been linked with the Arsenal job once Arsene Wenger retires so there is proof that he is doing a fine job at Bournemouth. What makes Howe even more impressive is the fact that he hasn’t been in the managerial business all that long but already has a reputation as a top manager. Howe started off as Bournemouth boss back in 2008 and then took on the Burnley job for a year. Now he has been back with the Cherries since 2012. During this time he has brought the club up from League One into the Championship and then into the Premier League at the end of the 2014 season.
At 10/1 he has good backing from the bookies but the FA may want to see him get a bit more experience at a top club before approaching him to become England boss. Howe could make the step up to a top four club in the near future and use that as a springboard to the national team’s job sometime in the not too distant future.