Following an utterly miserable showing at this summer's European Championships, Roy Hodgson was replaced as England boss by Sam Allardyce and the new manager enjoyed a winning start to his reign thanks to an Adam Lallana last-minute goal against Slovakia in the Three Lions' opening qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup.
Allardyce's tenure has proved to be very short-lived however and following a sting operation by undercover Daily Telegraph journalists, he now finds himself out of a job.
“The FA can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager,” a statement read on the official FA website.
“Allardyce's conduct was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, The FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.
“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but The FA's priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men's senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.”
“It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome,” Allardyce said. “I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions.
“Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need The FA’s full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment. I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.
“I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals.”
The England team have now been placed under the temporary guidance of Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate and he will oversee operations for the next four games against Malta, Scotland, Slovenia and Spain. He currently heads the betting market to take charge on a permanent basis with Sky Bet going 6/4 that the 46-year-old is offered a position which he turned down in July.
Next in the betting at 7/2 with Bet365 is former Hull City boss Steve Bruce, the 55-year-old missing out to Allardyce during the summer but nevertheless quitting as Hull manager following behind-the-scenes turmoil at the KC Stadium.
Bruce made no secret of the fact that he would relish being offered the position, saying to KCOM Sport in July: “I would love to have a crack [at being England manager]. “It's a hard job but you wouldn't put yourself forward if you didn't think you could [do it]. Arguably it's the right time. I've been in touch for something like 800 games as a manager, played 1,000... I've been around the block a bit. I would hope that would stand me in good stead.”
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is next in the betting at 9/1 with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe not far behind at 12/1, although the Cherries will be desperate to hold onto a manager who has guided them into the top-flight for the first time in their history and more importantly kept them there for more than a single season.
Latest England manager best odds
6/4 - Gareth Southgate
7/2 - Steve Bruce
9/1 - Alan Pardew
12/1 - Eddie Howe
14/1 - Jurgen Klinsmann
15/1 - Glen Hoddle
19/1 - Arsene Wenger
33/1 - Roberto Mancini