Next Permanent England Manager Odds
There’s little doubt that Gareth Southgate has done a sterling job since replacing Sam Allardyce as manager of the England national team in September 2016. The 48-year-old steered the Three Lions to the 2018 World Cup and then helped the side reach the semi-final stage of the competition before a narrow defeat at the hands of Croatia.
The England manager’s job has largely been regarded as a poisoned chalice over the past few decades, with managers such as Bobby Robson, Graham Taylor and Sven-Goran Eriksson suffering at the hands of an intrusive British press. However, Southgate’s bright tenure suggests there has been a sea change and the position might be attractive should it become vacant.
Next Permanent England Manager
Eddie Howe is currently trading as the bookmaker's favourite to become the Next England Manager, with Paddy Power offering odds of 7/2 that the Bournemouth manager replaces Gareth Southgate and you can understand why this move might potentially happen.
Howe has demonstrated an ability to develop young players at the Vitality Stadium, elevating the Cherries from League One to Premier League in the process. He has also helped Bournemouth thrive on a relative shoestring budget in a highly competitive league, while the 41-year-old has a wealth of experience when it comes to working with English players and could be a nice fit as far as the FA is concerned.
It’s not clear whether Howe eventually wants to manage the national team considering the baggage that comes with the job, although he has time on his side and might eventually want to try his hand at a new venture considering that he’s been in charge of Bournemouth since 2012, having previously enjoyed a stint at the same club between 2008-2011.
Would Wenger Be Interested In England?
Arsene Wenger will forever be remembered as someone who changed the face of English football, with the Frenchman arriving at Arsenal in 1996 and revolutionising the game with his approach to tactics, player recruitment and nutrition.
The 69-year-old left the Emirates Stadium twelve months ago and left behind an outstanding legacy at the north London club, with Wenger potentially interested in the role of being a national team manager considering that it’s essentially a part-time position aside from the intensity that accompanies a major tournament.
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When Sam Allardyce was sacked by the FA three years ago, Wenger cheekily suggested that he could be interested in managing the England national team and perhaps he’s still open to that option, with the former Arsenal boss trading at odds of 5/1 although some fans might feel as though hiring him would represent a backward step despite his credentials.
After all, Wenger’s final few years at the Emirates saw the team go largely backward and several players left for pastures new after sensing that their careers were going stale under the former Monaco coach. It’s also questionable whether Wenger can be regarded as progressive in this modern age of football.
Could Lampard or Gerrard Be Promoted to Head Coach?
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard dived into football management at exactly the same time, with the summer of 2018 seeing the pair enter high-profile jobs. The former enjoyed a successful first season in charge of Derby County and steered the Rams to the Championship play-off final before Aston Villa beat them.
Similarly, while Gerrard didn’t manage to topple Celtic during his first season in charge of Glasgow Rangers, the Liverpool legend gave a good account of himself and has earned the respect of the Ibrox faithful in the process. The scouser will now hope to close the gap on his team’s Old Firm rivals next season.
Lampard and Gerrard are 40 and 39 respectively, ages that suggest that they might not consider themselves to become international management material for a decade or two considering they both clearly relish the day-to-day involvement of coaching a team.
However, would either of these proud Englishmen turn down the chance to manage their country’s national team if the opportunity arose? Gerrard made 114 appearances for the Three Lions between 2000-2014 and he would command the respect of each player that was in the dressing room because of this fact.
Similarly, Lampard’s initial successes at Derby have been down to players looking up to someone who appeared 106 time in an England shirt and scored no less than 29 goals for his country. While the Romford-born manager probably has aspirations to manage Chelsea next, it could be that his tenure with the club is a short one considering how quickly Roman Abramovich gets through managers.
Would Sean Dyche Be On The England Shortlist?
Many people would put Sean Dyche into a similar bracket as Sam Allardyce. The current Burnley manager has been successful at Turf Moor due to a pragmatic style of football which allows the opposition to see plenty of the ball but create effective openings from counter-attacks and set pieces.
Perhaps that is doing Dyche a disservice considering that any manager might have to take the same approach in the Premier League with a transfer and playing budget which is among the smallest in the entire division. The 47-year-old has been in charge at the Lancashire club since 2012 and is hugely popular among Clarets supporters, while he’s also a straight talker when it comes to his various media duties.
Dyche strikes us as a very proud Englishman who would relish the chance to take the ultimate job in football management, with the Kettering-born coach having recently helped Burnley qualify for the Europa League which was something approaching a minor miracle on a shoestring budget.
Paddy Power are only prepared to chalk up 11/2 about the former Watford boss replacing Gareth Southgate although there are question marks over whether fans would warm to his perceived style of football, even if that changed in accordance with managing a group of highly-talented players.
Brendan Rodgers Proving Himself in England Again
It’s possible that the Football Association will continue to hire English-only managers to take charge of the senior team, with Roy Hodgson, Allardyce and Southgate suggesting that’s a course they want to take after the previous tenures of Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.
However, while Brendan Rodgers hails from Northern Ireland, the 46-year-old has been managing in England, Wales and Scotland for his entire career and clearly understands football in this country as a result. Getting the Three Lions gig would almost make him an honorary Englishman.
Rodgers recently became manager of Leicester City and will hope to make a big impression at the Midlands club, having previously done well with Liverpool and the Reds came fairly close to winning the Premier League title in 2014.
Since then, he has won two domestic trebles north of the border with Celtic and perhaps he’ll eventually aspire to become a national team manager, with Steven Gerrard previously praising his man-management when the pair worked together at Anfield.
Benitez and Mourinho Trading at 20/1 for England Job
Rafael Benitez is currently in charge at Newcastle United, although there is continued doubts surrounding his future at the north-east club.
The Spaniard is widely regarded as one of the best club managers in the world, having held a number of high-profile jobs throughout his career. Prior to being hired by Newcastle, he was in charge of Real Madrid, Napoli, Chelsea, Internazionale, Liverpool and Valencia. The England manager’s role is therefore unlikely to be daunting to the 59-year-old who might soon be ready to step down from club management.
Jose Mourinho is of similar age and his time at Manchester United and Chelsea might mark him out as England manager material, although the Portuguese made few friends at the Football Association thanks to his outspoken criticism of the governing body and particularly the referees in their employ.
Mourinho has talked about becoming an international manager at a later age although it might be his native Portugal who look to take him on board as and when Fernando Santos moves on from the role. It is clear that the 56-year-old is held in high regard in his homeland.