After just 67 days on the job, “Big” Sam Allardyce is out as England manager. His exit was spurred by a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in English soccer. The outlet posted undercover footage which showed Allardyce detailing how to get around bans on third-party ownership of soccer players and making negative comments about his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, and former England assistant manager Gary Neville.
Now the team is right back where it was after its disappointing Euro exit: in search of leadership that can take the squad back to the upper reaches of international soccer.
Let’s take a look at the top contenders for the still highly sought after gig.
Southgate is the favorite because of inertia. He’s currently the interim coach.
His managing resume isn’t all that impressive. He managed Middlesbrough from 2006 to 2009. When he took the job, there was some controversy as he did not have the required coaching qualifications (a UEFA Pro Licence) to manage a top-flight club. He managed England’s U21 team for three years starting in 2013, so he has the type of international experience necessary.
Wenger is in his 20th year as the Arsenal manager and has three EPL titles to his credit, along with an appearance in the UCL finals back in 2006. But he hasn’t led the Gunners to a league title in over a decade (2004) and the fans are eager for change.
Leaving to take the England gig would be a nice way for Wenger’s Arsenal tenure to come to a mutually agreeable end. Except for all the Arsenal fans who don’t want to see him in charge of the entire country, of course.
Wenger has never managed a national team, but England’s current make-up could really jibe with his up-tempo style of play.
Rangnick would be a huge longshot for almost any other prominent national team job. But the English Football Association is looking for somebody completely new. He fits that bill. Rangnick is currently the Director of Sports of Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. He filled manager duties for the squad last year and earned the team promotion from Germany’s second division. That came just one year after Leipzig moved up from division three.
Everything he touches seems to be turning to gold. The Red Lions haven’t been gilded in a lifetime.
Steve Bruce: 7/1
Roberto Mancini: 9/1
Glen Hoddle: 11/1
Eddie Howe: 12/1
Harry Redknapp: 16/1
Mauricio Pochettino: 20/1
Alan Pardew: 22/1
Jürgen Klinsmann: 22/1
Guus Hiddink: 28/1
Claudio Rainieri: 33/1
Photo credit: Shever (Flickr) [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/].
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