Jamie Carragher has backed Jurgen Klinsmann, current boss of the US football team, to be the next England boss.
Following a disastrous exit from the European Championships on Sunday at the hands of international minnows Iceland, England boss Roy Hodgson promptly resigned.
Now, as England look to pick up the pieces and move on from their embarrassing 2-1 defeat, the FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn, along with vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth, must now look for the next manager of the national side.
Gareth Southgate has had a successful time in charge of the England U-21s and now it appears that the FA will look to fill the void in an interim capacity. According to chief executive Glenn, the FA will consider the appointment of a non-English manager for the role, hence the interim role mooted for Southgate.
In a surprise development, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with the vacant England post and now Sky Sports pundit and ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has come out and backed Germany legend and ex-Tottenham striker Klinsmann for the job.
Currently the manager of the US, Klinsmann has been marked as an ideal candidate for the role by Carragher.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the former defender says:
“My own view is that international football should be about the best in your country against the best of someone else’s, so I had always favoured an Englishman but there can be no complaints if the FA look to a foreign coach.
“With that in mind, I wouldn’t knock the idea of appointing Jurgen Klinsmann, who has been to a World Cup semi-final with Germany, a Copa America semi-final with the United States and knows our game.”
The fact that Wenger is currently contracted to Arsenal for the coming season and with an extension reportedly on the table for consideration, it seems that Klinsmann might be better placed to make the jump across the Atlantic.
With the dust still settling on England’s shambolic exit from Euro 2016, there is plenty of time for the FA to find a new manager.
In the meantime we will likely see many more names added to the list of potential Hodgson replacements before Glenn and co. announce a successor.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena