Some permanent England manager contenders

Daniel Storey

The shock ending to Sam Allardyce’s England reign has left the national team without a full-time manager just days before resuming World Cup qualification. Gareth Southgate has taken over on a short-term basis and has been told he will be in charge for four games. The lovely people at Press Association Sport have looked at some of the possible contenders to fill the void…


Gareth Southgate
Highly thought of by the decision-makers at the Football Association, the former Middlesbrough boss was brought into the coaching fold to lead the Under-21s with an eye on future progression. Faltered at last year’s Under-21 European Championship but led the team to victory at the Toulon tournament in the summer. Had no interest in succeeding Hodgson, saying he wished to gain more experience before stepping up, but takes charge for England’s next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain while the FA looks for a permanent appointment.


Steve Bruce
The former Manchester United defender was interviewed in the summer about the vacant England manager’s job. Just days after speaking to the FA, Bruce decided to call time on his spell at Hull, where he had become the most successful manager in the club’s history. He remains out of work.


Eddie Howe
A smart, erudite and tactically-savvy coach who, at 38, looks to have a bright future at the top of the game. The manager has flourished at Bournemouth and only last week described coaching England as the “ultimate” job. “I would never say no,” Howe said. Howe has also been suggested as a possible long-term successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.


Alan Pardew 
Seemed to be a new man after swapping Newcastle for Crystal Palace and some fine early-season results saw him seriously linked with the England job for the first time in his career. Reached the FA Cup final but league results tailed off badly. A slow start to this campaign has been followed by three successive Premier League victories.


Arsene Wenger
After completing 20 years in charge at Arsenal, Wenger has given no firm indication he wants to leave the Gunners. He has been repeatedly linked with the England post before previous appointments, and if the FA could tempt him it would be seen as a great coup. Has previously said he would not rule out bossing England after his Arsenal tenure comes to an end.


Jurgen Klinsmann
The former Tottenham striker has managerial experience at international level, having been in charge of the United States for almost five years and Germany before that. America fell to a semi-final Copa America exit in the summer while Klinsmann guided Germany to the last-four stage at the 2006 World Cup.


Gary Neville
Seemed a heavy favourite to progress from his role as Hodgson’s assistant until his ill-advised stint with Valencia saw his stock plummet. It may yet be decided that was a case of the wrong job but the right man. Out of coaching since exiting with Hodgson during the summer and has returned to television work.