Gareth Southgate a best price 7/4 to become next England manager
Roy Hodgson has stepped down as England manager with immediate effect. It was little wonder after England lost 2-1 to Iceland at Euro 2016, with the supporters angry that the national team got it wrong on the big stage yet again.
The search now begins for a new manager and Gareth Southgate is a best price 7/4 with bet365 to replace Hodgson. It might seem like the logical progression considering that the former is currently in charge of the England Under-21 side, although his record as a club manager suggests it might not be the right move.
The 45-year-old was in charge of Middlesbrough between 2006-9 although his time there won’t be remembered too fondly, with Boro having suffered relegation to the Championship while he was manager. While the FA might want continuity, there will be calls for a more experienced manager at the helm.
Alan Pardew has made little secret he would like the job and the Crystal Palace boss is a 12/1 poke with bet365, although he’s often courted controversy and perhaps doesn’t fit the right profile to be manager.
Eddie Howe is a 12/1 poke, while Glen Hoddle is the same price with Betfred and he could be a serious contender considering that the 58-year-old has already been in charge of the national team between 1996-9. He was manager during the 1998 World Cup and his 60% win rate is one of the highest in England manager history.
Sam Allardyce is a 16/1 poke with bet365 although his brand of football might not be to everyone’s tastes, while Alan Shearer can surely be overlooked considering his lack of managerial experience.
Of the bigger priced managers, perhaps Guus Hiddink is worth a gamble. Bet365 offer 25/1 about the former interim Chelsea manager who has a fantastic track record of managing internationally. He’s done well when picking up the pieces at Chelsea and knows many of the English players already.