The Football Association will reportedly consider appointing a foreign coach should England manager Gareth Southgate resign.
This will be music to the ears of Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel, who are both reportedly keen on replacing Southgate.
England crashed out of the World Cup after a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat to reigning world champions France.
The Three Lions put in a solid performance against Les Bleus, but Harry Kane skied a late penalty in the 2-1 defeat.
Following England’s World Cup exit, there have been lots of debate surrounding Southgate’s future as manager.
He has often been criticised for his in-game management, substitutions, and overall conservative style of play.
There is no debate over the work Southgate has done off the pitch, however, creating a terrific togetherness in the squad.
Now could be the time to hand the job to an elite coach, with Tuchel certainly falling into that bracket.
The German won the Champions League with Chelsea within six months of replacing Frank Lampard and led the Blues to the final of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Pochettino, on the other hand, led Tottenham to the Champions League final before losing his job.
He then joined Paris Saint-Germain, where he won Ligue 1, but once again lost his job after failing in Europe.
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Both managers are out of work and hoping to replace Southgate in the Wembley dugout, according to reports.
And according to the Telegraph, the FA will consider appointing a foreign boss if Southgate decides to call it a day.
It does appear that the FA are hoping Southgate stays on, though the report says the former defender is considering his future.
Some reports elsewhere have stated that there is hope for an English successor, however, this report states that the FA will look to identify a Southgate replacement ‘from the widest possible talent pool’.
England’s women’s team did win the European Championships in the summer with Dutchwoman, Sarina Wiegman, at the helm.
As expected, it is said the FA’s ‘preference’ is for Southgate to remain in charge, quashing any reports he will be sacked.
Furthermore, the consideration of foreign coaches would not make Tuchel or Pochettino automatic favourites to come in.
England’s pursuit of a new boss may be hindered by the finances of a deal, with Brendan Rodgers also linked with the managerial role.
Leicester manager Rodgers earns around £2million more than Southgate per year and the FA would need to pay the Foxes’ £8m in compensation.
The FA are a not-for-profit organisation and there is a cost of living crisis in the United Kingdom, so smashing their wage structure or paying a huge compensation fee seems unlikely.
While there will be no compensation fees involved should the FA look to appoint Tuchel or Pochettino, their wage demands will probably be gargantuan.
Pochettino earned around £10m a year with PSG and was offered a ‘similar amount’ to manage Aston Villa.
That does not include his trusted backroom staff. So he would be a pricey appointment.
Tuchel’s staff would be cheaper than Pochettino’s, though he would probably not want a wage less than the £8m a season he was earning as Chelsea head coach.
Whether or not Englishmen Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard will be considered remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Graham Potter and Eddie Howe could also be targeted, but are currently in charge of Chelsea and Newcastle United, respectively.
The report also states that Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland may be considered.
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