Gareth Southgate is 6/4 to become permanent England manager and that looks like an attractive price
A 2-0 win against Malta was followed by a goalless draw in Slovenia. Perhaps not the start that caretaker manager Gareth Southgate was hoping for, although here are seven reasons why the FA will give him the nod.
He’s already in the job…
The FA placed him in caretaker charge after some sterling work with the Under-21’s and it’s Southgate’s to lose. The two recent World Cup qualifiers and next two matches act as an effective job interview, putting him in pole position to become the permanent successor to Sam Allardyce.
…a hapless Scotland team are up next
Apparently, England v Scotland will be “a leveller” due to the fact it’s a game between two Home Nations rivals although the Scots losing 3-0 in Slovakia suggests that the Three Lions will play them off the park.
Victory in this World Cup qualifier and the FA will assume that England are well on course to qualify for Russia in 2018.
The Spain friendly match is neither here nor there
The FA can’t seriously be judging Southgate on a friendly game taking place days after the Scotland clash, with Spain the visitors to Wembley.
England and La Roja will set up with experimental line-ups on 15 November, with the Three Lions likely to acquit themselves well in a game that will feature a stack of substitutes and be played in a pedestrian fashion.
He’s handled the Wayne Rooney issue well
Southgate has afforded plenty of respect to England’s captain and the plan will surely be to field Wazza against the Scots where he might look pretty good. Dropping Rooney for the Slovenia match passed off without a hitch and the Manchester United player seems happy with the 46-year-old in charge.
Southgate has the respect of the squad
Having represented England as a player and also managing several of the current squad at Under-21 level, it’s clear that Southgate has a strong bond with the players. That’s especially the case with John Stones and Marcus Rashford who have developed under his watchful eye.
Where are the alternatives?
Roberto Mancini would seem an unlikely appointment, while Arsene Wenger seemed to be rather playful when linking himself to the possibility of managing the England national team.
Southgate is English
The FA have made no secret that they would prefer an Englishman in charge and the recent hiring of Fabio Capello didn’t work out too well. Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce have both been English recruits and Southgate could and should be next.
Therefore, we recommend a small wager on Southgate to become England manager on a permanent basis. Bet365 offer 6/4 about him landing the gig and it’s his to lose.