Top Five candidates to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager [Betting Odds]Published June 29, 2016
The England team arrived home from France on Tuesday after their humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland on Monday night, and for the FA, the immediate focus will be to find a new boss to lead them through the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, which kicks-off in September.
Here, at Free Bets, we take a look at five potential candidates for the vacant England manager’s job, in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s resignation.
Gareth Southgate – 15/8 with Paddy Power
There have already been many names mentioned as potential candidates for the position, but it is believed that Gareth Southgate, who guided the England Under 20 side to Toulon Tournament victory earlier this summer, is the early frontrunner, and is being sounded out about taking charge of England on a temporary basis.
He may be the most logical choice for the job, but his appointment won’t excite already disgruntled supporters.
Glenn Hoddle – 7/1 with Bet 365
The former England boss has been constantly linked with a return to the post over the years, after his relatively successful period managing the Three Lions during the 1998 World Cup.
While the 58-year-old is still considered one of the finest thinkers in the game, his lack of managerial experience in the last 10 years, coupled with the controversial circumstances in which he was sacked from the post during his previous stint with England could make this a no goer.
Gary Neville – 20/1 with Sky Bet
No one will question the passion of Gary Neville, but his coaching techniques must surely be in question after the past 12 months. An ill-fated stint with Valencia meant that the former Manchester United defender’s first venture into management proved an unsuccessful one, with Neville being sacked after just four months in Spain.
Whilst a young, talented manager should never be written off, surely this job would come too soon for the former Premier League and Champions League winner.
Arsene Wenger – 25/1 with William Hill
It has recently been reported that the FA are prepared to wait for up to a year in order to appoint the best man for the job, hence why Gareth Southgate is being considered as a short-term option.
Intriguingly, Arsene Wenger, who ticks all the boxes for the FA, enters the final year of his Arsenal contract on Friday, so he will be available next summer.
There is no doubting the 66-year-old has all the credentials to take on such a position, and his appointment would likely excite many England fans.
But if Arsenal were to win trophies this coming season, it wouldn’t be a surprise should the board offer the Frenchman a new contract at the Emirates.
Alan Pardew – 12/1 with BetVictor
Alan Pardew is known to be very keen on the position, and as one of the most experienced English bosses out there, the FA could be tempted to turn to the 54-year-old as their next appointment.
The Crystal Palace boss did extremely well during his time at Newcastle, and has done an efficient job with the Eagles too, making them a solid Premier League outfit and getting them to an FA Cup final last season.
Could the knowledge he has gained over the course of his career make him the man for the job?