Southgate odds-on for U-21 job

Sky Bet make Gareth Southgate favourite for England Under-21 job following the decision not to extend Stuart Pearce's deal.

Last Updated: 18/06/13 at 23:09 Post Comment

Gareth Southgate: Fancied to land England role

Gareth Southgate: Fancied to land England role

Sky Bet have installed Gareth Southgate as their strong favourite for the England Under-21 manager's job following the decision to dispense with Stuart Pearce's services.

The Football Association confirmed on Tuesday afternoon they would not be extending Pearce's contract beyond the end of June.

The former Manchester City boss' fate was sealed following the Three Lions' dismal showing at the European Under-21 Championship in Israel when they lost all three group matches - against Italy, Israel and Norway.

Former Middlesbrough boss Southgate was immediately insralled as the odds-on favourite to replace Pearce and by Tuesday night was being offered at 8/15.

He previously worked for the FA as their head of elite development before stepping down last year.

Former England coaches Glenn Hoddle (8/1) and Steve McClaren (33/1) were also in the latest betting, with Michael Appleton, who managed at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn during the 2012/13 season, the second favourite at 5/1.

Sky Bet's Chris Spicer said: "The decision not to renew Pearce's contract is no surprise to our punters particularly after England's woeful showing in the European Under-21 Championships.

"The writing has been on the wall for a while. His price not to be offered a contract extension was as short as 1/10 after that defeat to Israel and still received plenty of support.

"Gareth Southgate heads the market to replace Pearce but there are lots of other interesting candidates including the likes of Glenn Hoddle and Steve McClaren in the running."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits being a fan of West Ham ahead of Boxing Day showdown

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has backtracked on his '19th-century football' jibe at West Ham ahead of the Boxing Day showdown.

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property