Who Next for England?

Following the horror show that was England’s Euro ’16 campaign; not only did Roy Hodgson find himself nominated into the LiquidFootball Podcast’s hall of shame, ‘Savage of the Week’, for the second time (and boy was it deserved), it also cost him his job, with a jump-before-pushed resignation. He was probably the wrong appointment back in 2012, and he was lucky to keep the post following failure to get out of the World Cup 2014 Group Stages.

But now, the (un) wise owl’s reign has finally come to a whimpering end. And the burning question is; who will replace Hodgson in the England hot seat. Will it be just another yes man – someone the FA can dangle on a string? Or will they finally go for someone decent – someone who may be able to turn a promising young team into a winning one? Do they have to be English, or would another foreign manager be the answer? Would any manager worth his salt even want the job? We take a look at some of the possible candidates. And it’s grim reading…

Gareth-Southgate_3066514bHe’s the bookies favourite, but is GARETH SOUTHGATE the nation’s favourite? The short answer is no, but the FA’s Martin Glenn – who is responsible for employing the next manager – has admitted that he is not a football expert, so an appointment along the lines of the man who is most famous for the “this time he’s hit the post” Pizza Hut advert is a pretty safe bet. Although he’s done a decent job for the Under 21s, taking charge of the first team is probably far too above his capabilities at this stage of his career. Even Mido, an ex-player from his Boro days, can’t believe he’s being linked with the job
PROS:
Already in the England set-up and, having worked with the U21s, will want to bring more youth through to replace the tried, tested and failed such as Hart, Rooney and Sturridge
CONS:
Would not have the balls to do the above. Is unlikely to command the respect that is needed

partridgeA few months ago, ALAN PARDEW was the ideal candidate for the top job. He’d rescued Palace, then had them looking like they would challenge for a top four spot and, of course, he’s English. But following a tremendous dip in form from the Eagles, Pardiola seemed unable to have the tools in his locker to stop the rot – and with the amount of rot that is currently crippling the Three Lions, Pards would unlikely have the capabilities to turn it around. Although he did get Palace to the Cup final, his far-too-eager victory ‘dance’ just proved to further hinder his reputation.
PROS:
Would not be afraid to stand up to the billy big bollox of the squad
CONS:
We would basically be managed by Alan Partridge

Sam+Allardyce+Manchester+United+v+West+Ham+Y1tMn-jmVkOl2Before the job went to Steve McClaren in 2006, SAM ALLARDYCE was close to getting the gig, but it is widely believed that Ricky Tomlinson’s superb performance as Mike Basset – England manager showed too many similarities to Big Sam, and the FA got cold feet – fearing mocking from the media. But, Allardyce is a fire fighter, and could still be what England need.
PROS:
Veteran manager who would, without doubt, give his all to the job
CONS:
Would play Four Four Fucking Two

Newcastle+United+v+Chelsea+Premier+League+6sBflCJILhqlHe’s only gone and thrown his hat into the ring, but ALAN SHEARER is very unlikely to get the job. His only managerial experience came in the form of relegating his beloved Newcastle back in 2009, and has since wasted his time doing pundit work, when he should be looking for a managerial position to build up some experience.
PROS:
Big tournament experience. Passionate Englishman
CONS:
No one will be able to understand a word he says

10_redknapp_g_wWhen Fabio Capello walked out just before Euro 2012, HARRY REDKNAPP couldn’t have seemed more desperate to take his place. But when the position instead went to Hodgson, old Hazza’s managerial career slowly went down the pan. A bitter sweet stint at QPR was followed by various, bizarre roles at various, bizarre clubs. He’s a no-go anyway, as he’s ruled himself out of the running, as if he was ever in the race in the first place
PROS:
Champions League experience
CONS:
Dodgy Knees

Gary-NevilleUp until a few months ago, GARY NEVILLE was touted as the next England manager. But a lot can change in football, even in a short space of time. His ill-fated stint at Valencia demonstrated that perhaps he was not the potential manager many thought he would be. Perhaps one day he will make a top gaffer, but before taking another big job, he’ll have to pay his dues in a lower-key position – something he’s unlikely willing to do
PROS:
Knows England squad well
CONS:
Inexperienced. And unlikely to make the wholesale changes that is needed

eddie-howe-8x6549-2053453_478x359Although the Bournemouth story is not so much the fairy tale some make it out to be (they broke Financial ‘Fair’ Play rules to get to where they are) there is no denying that the job EDDIE HOWE has done at The Cherries has been anything short of remarkable; getting such a small club into the Premier League, and then keeping them there. It could work, but only if he’s given time to build something
PROS:
Young, hungry and would give it his all
CONS:
Looks like a P.E teacher

salford-cityWith Iceland’s heroics in the Euros, with joint-managers in the dugout, perhaps that route is one that could be worth a try, seeing as we’ve tried every other option; ANTHONY JOHNSON and BERNARD MORLEY have done a cracking job at Salford, earning two consecutive promotions. And one thing is for sure, they’d definitely take no prisoners
PROS:
Would have the team playing with balls
CONS:
Would spend most games sat in the stands

But does the new manager have to be English? There are plenty of managers who have been relatively successful in charge of foreign nations; Lars Lagerbäck of Iceland (as we found out, the hard way) Otto Rehhagel of Greece’ 2004 European triumph and most recently Juan Pizzi – who won the Copa America, beating his home-country Argentina in the final. According to a poll on @lqd_football, 71% say that it doesn’t matter if they’re English or not. And, if they’re the best man for the job, does it really matter? So who, from beyond the English borders, could potentially take over at Wembley?

RodgersOne name that has been mentioned a lot, is BRENDAN RODGERS. The Northern Irishman had a decent couple of seasons at Swansea and one good season at Liverpool – aided by Suarez’ goals – but is ultimately a bit of a joke figure. He’s just joined Celtic where he would be reluctant to move from, given that he’s guaranteed to win a league trophy
PROS:
Shows character
CONS:
Would keep picking Liverpool players regardless of form – like a Northern Irish Roy Hodgson

wenger...As his time at Arsenal is about over, ARSENE WENGER may be up for a new challenge, and as the England job would not mean any upheaval, it’s one that may interest the Frenchman. But unfortunately, Wenger is not the winner that he once was
PROS:
Can’t spend money in international football – ideal for him
CONS:
Bit of a football dinosaur. Like a French Roy Hodgson

Louis_van_Gaal_2911698bHe’s available after being sacked by Manchester United, and LOUIS VAN GAAL has plenty of international experience. It’s a job he would probably be interested in, but the Dutchman would not be a popular choice, especially from the Manchester branch of the English fan base
PROS:
Brought Rashford onto the scene and would be happy to bring through youth
CONS:
Would play a boring brand of football. No one likes him. Bit of a dick

article-2315237-0A76EE17000005DC-84_306x423As his Spain future is up in the air, VINCENTE DEL BOSQUE may be on the lookout for a fresh challenge sooner than later. Whilst his last two campaigns have been disappointing, his CV boasts of managing, probably the best international side of all time, and has a European Championship and, of course, a World Cup in his medal cabinet
PROS:
He’s a winner at major tournaments
CONS:
Unlikely to want the job

jurgen-klinsmann-usaUSA manager JÜRGEN KLINSMANN has said that the England job would interest him. But I doubt Klinsmann would interest England.
PROS:
Has a decade worth of international management experience
CONS:
Not rated by United States’ fans – would have little hope of winning over the English

Slaven-BilicEngland fans are still having nightmares about SLAVEN BILIC, but there is no denying that he’s a top manager – perhaps even a little bit underrated by the football world. He has experience of managing at an international tournament and the job he did at West Ham last season was nothing short of superb.
PROS:
Would definitely give the West Ham lads a deserving call-up

CONS:
Looks like ‘head’ from Art Attack

SirAlexFerguson_783277A bit left field, but I wouldn’t mind betting that SIR ALEX FERGUSON would, at least be a little tiny bit tempted to come out of retirement to take England to a World Cup. He’d certainly be able to do the job, and the ‘hair dryer’ treatment may just be what some of our ‘superstars’ need.
PROS:
One of the best manager of all time

CONS:
Scottish