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Who should England turn to next?

Tuesday 12th July 2016
England continue to search for a new manager to lead them to the world cup in two years time. A whole host of names have been recently linked to the top job in English football; we take a look at the current favourites for the position and assess their credentials.

England endured a miserable Euro 2016 campaign; the side failed to play to their potential and were eventually disposed of by Iceland. Roy Hodgson's position as England manager became untenable, and he resigned immediately after their humiliating defeat. It's crucial that the FA appoint the right man this time around. But who is the best candidate to become the next England manager?

English contenders

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has previously been linked with the England position; he is one of the most experienced managers in the Premier League, and his knowledge of English football has made him the front-runner for the job this time around. Allardyce is currently the manager of Sunderland, but if he is offered the once in a lifetime opportunity to manage his country, he will definitely take it. However, his appointment wouldn't go down well with everyone, as his style of play would cause a concern. But England needs a strong character in charge of the team; Allardyce could be that man.

Verdict: Strong contender

Eddie Howe

If England decide to appoint an English manager; Eddie Howe should seriously be considered, as his achievements during his time at Bournemouth have been remarkable. Howe has a clear philosophy of how he wants his teams to play, and he would give England an identity on the pitch. If England comes calling; Howe is likely to listen to what the FA has to say. The only downside is the fact that Howe has little experience at the top-level, he has spent much of his managerial career outside the premier League. Is he worth the gamble?

Verdict: Possible contender

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew is another English manager with a wealth of experience in the Premier League. Now currently the manager of Crystal Palace, is the time right for him to make the step-up? Pardew has had success and failure in equal measures during his time in the Premier League: he was hounded out of Newcastle United, but since then he has rebuilt his career at Crystal Palace, and he took them all the way to the FA cup final last season. The England job would certainly interest Pardew, but questions would be raised as to whether he is the right man for the job.

Verdict: Possible contender

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle was England's manager from 1996-1999; during that time he took the three lions to the second round of the world cup. His name has been heavily linked with the job in the last few weeks, but a return to the role that he previously held is unlikely. Hoddle was a good manager for England; one of the best they have had in recent years, and he has the footballing knowledge to improve the current team. But he hasn't managed a side for the past ten seasons, so handing him the top job in the country would be extremely risky.

Verdict: Not likely

Foreign contenders

Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the current favourites to get the England job. The United States manager has a wealth of experience at international level, which began back in 2004 with Germany. Klinsmann is a proven manager, but would he be the right man to improve England? If the FA do decide to appoint a foreign manager; Klinsmann's name should come near the top of the list of possibilities, as he could potentially turn England into global superpowers once again. It would be seen as a step-up for Klinsmann if he was to trade the United States for England, so it could happen.

Verdict: Strong contender

Laurent Blanc

Recently dismissed from his role at Paris Saint-Germain; Blanc's been linked with taking over England. The Frenchman has only ever managed in his own country, which includes a two-year spell in charge of his national team. Blanc has achieved success as a manager; he was a regular winner with PSG domestically, but does his achievements in France mean he could potentially take England to the next level? There is a long list of names who could become the next manager of England, and Blanc is one of them that have to be considered.

Verdict: Possible contender

Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink is one of the most experienced managers in the game; at the age of 69, he has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world, along with five different national sides. Hiddink is currently out of work since his time as interim manager at Chelsea came to an end, so if he wants a quick return to management; England could be the perfect opportunity for him. Hiddink has been a good coach throughout his career, but his best days look to be behind him, as some of his recent managerial roles have been largely unsuccessful, so it's unlikely that he will get the England job.

Verdict: Not likely

 Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini was hugely popular during his time with Manchester City. The Chilean has a Premier league title to his name; he also has knowledge of English football after his three years in the Premier League. Pellegrini has proven time and again that he is a top manager, he has dealt with some of the biggest names in the game, and he also possesses the mentality to cope with the pressure that comes with being the England manager. The only downside is that Pellegrini has no experience at international level, but that shouldn't stop the FA from talking to him.

Verdict: Strong contender
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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