London - England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate is the
early favourite of a not very long list of mooted candidates to replace Roy
Hodgson as coach of England following their embarrassing exit at Euro 2016.
Having flirted with foreign coaches such as Sven-Goran
Eriksson and then autocratic Italian Fabio Capello before bringing in the
vastly-experienced Hodgson, the Football Association (FA) are likely to go for
an Englishman if the bookies are to be believed.
However, the list is not very long and of the Englishmen
mentioned not one has won a trophy which hardly augurs well in rebuilding the
morale of a side that lost 2-1 in such abject fashion to minnows Iceland on
Monday -- a defeat likened to the shock loss to the largely amateur USA at the
1950 World Cup.
Southgate -- perhaps best known for missing a penalty in the
Euro 1996 semi-final penalty shoot-out against Germany at Wembley -- restored
some of his reputation with victory at the prestigious Toulon tournament last
month having had a disappointing European U-21 campaign last year.
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The 45-year-old -- who has been in charge of the U-21 side
since 2013 -- has managed just one club Middlesbrough whom he kept in the
Premier League for two seasons before they were relegated in the 2008/09
Southgate is now 6/4 favourite with the bookies having been
6/1 on Monday night once Hodgson's assistant, former Manchester United star
Gary Neville, also resigned in the wake of the Iceland defeat.
Others in the frame include the combative Alan Pardew, who
guided Crystal Palace to the FA Cup final last term, losing 2-1 to Manchester
United in extra-time. However, with no silverware in his cabinet over his
career as a manager and his straight-talking he may not fit the FA's ideal
image of the England manager, although Hodgson could have been in public anyway
The young hope is Eddie Howe, who has impressed at
Bournemouth, the 38-year-old taking them into the Premier League for the first
time in their history and retaining their status last season. However, by the
same token his inexperience at the top level may mark him out as one to watch
for the future.
Former England captain Alan Shearer has indicated he would
like a go but his sole experience at managerial level is an unhappy spell at
his beloved Newcastle United.
Scotsman David Moyes and Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers
have also been mentioned, but the former has not flourished since early promise
at Everton -- Manchester United and Real Sociedad being notable failures --
whilst Rodgers has just taken over the reins at Scottish champions Celtic.
Perhaps the man that a few years ago England and the FA
would have yearned for, Arsenal's longserving Frenchman Arsene Wenger, still
figures on the bookies lists but the feeling is largely his time has passed and
would he at 66 really want to take on the extraordinary pressure that the job
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