Roy Hodgson resigned as England’s manager immediately after their humiliating 2-1 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.
Wayne Rooney had given England an early lead from the penalty spot but just two minutes later, Ragnar Sigurdsson equalised. After 18 minutes, the mood dropped further as Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put Iceland in front. Hodgson was unable to turn things around, meaning England were out of Europe once again, this time against a country with a population of just 300,000.
Now that Hodgson has left his post, the buzz surrounding who will take over as England manager has hit fever pitch. Here are the main contenders for the vacancy:
Gareth Southgate is the red hot favourite, with odds coming in as close as 6/4. He’s well established in the FA system and has managed the England U21s, although they underperformed at the European Championships last year, finishing bottom of their group. Gareth Southgate is well-known for his missed penalty in the shootout against Germany at Euro 96, how fitting for England.
Hoddle is still considered to be one of the finest thinkers in the game. The only problem is, he’s been out of management for so long and his previous stint as the England boss didn’t end well. A win rate of 60.71% is still the third highest of all time though, behind Fabio Capello and Sir Alf Ramsey, and he’s currently the second favourite at 4/1 to be the man that succeeds Hodgson.
Eddie Howe has worked wonders at Bournemouth, taking them from League Two to the Premier League in just six seasons. He’s considered to be one of the brightest upcoming managers in English football but it might be his lack of experience that stops him from being handed the England role at 7/1.
Alan Pardew is next in line at 9/1. He’s gathered a lot of experience in English football, managing Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, West Ham, Southampton, Newcastle and Reading. He’s not quite in that top bracket of elite managers though, having never overseen a top five club and, to add to that, he’s never had any experience playing international football either.
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Alan Shearer has thrown his hat in the ring at 10/1 and as one of England’s greatest ever strikers is sure to get some backing from fans. He’s only ever managed Newcastle and, although it was for a very short space of time, he was the man that oversaw them getting relegated from the Premier League.
Harry Redknapp was close to becoming appointed the England manager at the time Roy Hodgson was put in charge, but unfortunately he missed out due to negative press about his personal life and it ultimately saw him getting fired from Tottenham too. The former QPR manager is at 14/1 to be given a chance.
Gary Neville is at 14/1 too. He is still highly thought of and his current involvement in the set-up means he already has familiarity with the squad, however, there are doubts that he can he make the step up to take charge of England on his own.