Potential England managers are hard to come by and the FA have a huge job to find the right replacement…
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on June 28, 2016
The FA’s quest to find an adequate replacement for Roy Hodgson has officially started following England’s humiliating Euro 2016 campaign. However, the list of English managers that could potentially take on the role does not look promising to say the least.
On paper Roy’s reign as England manager doesn’t look too bad, winning 33 games out of 56; that’s a 58.9% win ratio. When you consider that Terry Venables’ record is 47.8% and Alf Ramsey’s is 61.1%, it starts to look a little more respectable. In addition to this, under Hodgson, England managed to go unbeaten in the Euro 2012, top the group in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers and maintain a 100% record in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
I expect that wins against Germany, France, Scotland, Wales and Brazil is what Roy Hodgson would like to define his England career but it is more likely that the loss to Iceland will be the thing most people remember in years to come; the boring, dull, flat style of play that infected the England national team for 4 years will be the first thing that comes to mind.
Anyway, Hodgson has gone now, it’s a new era, it’s a time that should be exciting for England fans. A fresh face, new ideas and hopefully some exciting football. Whoever takes over will play Slovakia in their first game, kicking off the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
Nevertheless, candidates for the job are limited. It is clear that the FA want an Englishman to take the job. I have devised a shortlist of 5 English managers that I would not mind getting the job.
Candidate 1- Eddie Howe
A young, energetic, exciting manager that has done well since taking the reins at Bournemouth in 2008. Most people had them down as relegation certainties at the start of last season, however a solid campaign means that The Cherries will still be fighting amongst England’s top 20 clubs next season.
A lot of credit has to go to Howe; gaining promotion from league 2 with Bournemouth in 2010, gaining promotion from league 1 with Bournemouth in 2013 and then winning the Championship with Bournemouth in 2015. He was named ‘Football League Manager of the Decade 2005-15’ and ‘LMA Manager of The Year 2015’.
It is debatable as to whether Eddie Howe is actually ready for the job just yet, he is still only 38 and hasn’t been on the scene at the top level for very long. At this moment in time, he would seem a natural future England manager but perhaps it’s a little too soon to judge just how good he really is.
Candidate 2- Alan Pardew
I think it’s quite obvious that Pardew has been eyeing the England job for some time now and despite his controversy on and off the pitch, his CV is fantastic. Every club he has managed at, apart from Charlton, has been a raging success. His first managerial job was at Reading back in 1999; he gained automatic promotion to Division 1 the season after losing in the play-off final to Walsall. He then got West Ham back into the Premier league, finished 9th the following season and got them to the FA Cup final. He then took over at Southampton and won the 2010 Football league trophy, their first trophy since 1976. Next came his time at Newcastle, managing to finish 5th and reach the Europa League quarter-final. Finally his current 18 month spell at Crystal palace, managing to maintain Premier League status and reach the FA Cup final once again. He has been awarded ‘Premier League manager of the year 2012’, ‘LMA Manager of The Year 2012’ and was once labelled the best up and coming young manager.
However, it is clear to see that Pardew carries a lot of baggage and this baggage may have cost him in the race to become England manager. With just 2 Premier League wins in 2016, it would be understandable if the FA were to quickly overlook Pardew.
Candidate 3- Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate has done a magnificent job at U21 level, leading England to their first Toulon Tournament triumph in 22 years. Southgate has been part of the FA set up for 3 years now and may have done enough to land the biggest job of his career.
Personally, Southgate would be my preference to succeed Hodgson. I think his progress over the last 3 years merits a chance at the very top level. The fact that he has been in and around the England set up for so long now probably gives him a huge opportunity.
Candidate 4- Harry Redknapp
The manager who I originally wanted to take the England job 4 years ago, he looked set to become Capello’s replacement but, for whatever reason, the FA turned to Hodgson. Unfortunately, after missing out on the England job, Harry Redknapp dived into the QPR job. In my opinion, he went into this far too quickly, I’m not convinced that anyone could have done a decent job there. QPR had a wage bill bigger than Dortmund, the squad was too big for the team bus and they were all prima donnas. There is no denying that this dented Redknapp’s reputation massively; people quickly forgot the good work he did at Spurs, who would probably not be where they are today if it wasn’t for him.
He hasn’t been on the managerial scene for quite a while now, which may not work in his favour. I think he was secretly waiting for Howe to struggle in the Premier League before taking over at the Vitality Stadium. Nevertheless, that didn’t happen and Harry is available.
Candidate 5- Gary Neville
Probably the least favourable person to take the job right now. After his stint at Valencia, Neville seems to have gone down in a lot of people’s estimations. However, there were already problems at Valencia before Neville took over, it’s not like they were high flyers when he was appointed; you can’t make a judgement on his ability as a manager yet.
I get the feeling that the FA have their heart set on Gary Neville one day taking over as England manager; maybe not now, maybe not in the next 5 years but sometime in the future the plan is for Neville to become a long term England manager. Why else would they have kept him in the England set up for so long? Even whilst still at Valencia.
It is vital that the FA chose their man very carefully, a lot of people have, and many more are, quickly falling out of love with their national team; another monstrosity like Hodgson could be a disaster. Potential England managers are hard to come by and the FA have a huge job to find the right replacement.