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England: Five Candidates To Take Over From Roy Hodgson

With the Euros around the corner and Roy Hodgson being told that contract negotiations won’t begin until after the tournament has concluded, it is a possibility that the FA could look to appoint a new man for the job in the near future.

But who will they be looking at?


Gary Neville

Long considered the heir to Hodgson’s throne, Neville is the bookmakers’ favourite to takeover. The former Manchester United captain is an assistant manager for the national side and looked to be a shoo-in for the job but his recent ventures at Valencia may have set the 41-year-old back.

Neville only managed ten wins in 28 games at the helm of the Spanish side and was sacked after just four months in the hot seat.

There would definitely be eyebrows raised if he were to be appointed the next England Boss after his only managerial job ended rather abruptly.


Jose Mourinho 

Nobody knows where Jose will be by the time August comes. Recent reports suggest that he is set to sign a contract with Manchester United but this still remains just a rumour.

It could be suggested that Mourinho has not made any final decision as he may be waiting for the England job to open up.

In 2007 he was a signature away from managing the country but instead Fabio Capello took the reigns, although speaking to The Guardian two years ago Mourinho said:

“It was not the job for me seven years ago, it’s not the job for me now and I don’t think it will be the job for me in seven years’ time. Maybe in 15 years from now but not seven.”

It is certainly not a definitive write off from the Portuguese native, who may not want an immediate return to club football.


Mauricio Pochettino

A manager that has consistently performed since arriving to the Premier League, Pochettino has guided his respective Southampton and Tottenham teams to impressive finishes over the last three years.

Pochettino’s managerial style brings a fantastic balance of an attacking threat and a stable defence, with his Spurs side boasting the best defence in the league and the second best attack (scoring just one goal less than Manchester City).

The Argentine is known for bringing the best out of young talent and placing his trust in them, which is embodied by Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Pochettino may be the man to coach this English side as they aim to create a world-leading team.


Gareth Southgate 

The current England Under-21s manager has had a mixed history as a coach after taking over Middlesbrough in 2006. Southgate took on a poisoned chalice position after Steve McClaren’s minor miracle with the side – reaching the final of the UEFA Cup. To his credit, Southgate won a Premier League Manager of the Month award during his tenure but eventually led the side to relegation and was dismissed shortly ever.

He now plies his trade with England’s underage side and has had a modest run with them reaching European Championships in his time as manager.

Although never capitalising in these championships, never progressing out of the group stage, The FA may look to Southgate to take over a young England side with the inside knowledge of what young players would be best suited to the senior squad.


Eddie Howe

Howe has been a true success story, a homegrown hero who has guided Bournemouth to the top tier for the first time in the club’s history.

Taking over the side seven years ago, he has produced miracle after miracle to steer the Cherries all the way to the lucrative Premier League and in his first season has comfortably kept his side up, even with an injury-stricken squad.

At just 38 years old, Howe has plenty of time left to take over the national team but if there’s a chance that he can produce the same sort of success story with England as he has has done with Bournemouth, then the FA may look to give Howe a crack of the whip.

Darragh Culhane, Pundit Arena

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