Next England manager: Every candidate's pros and cons after Roy Hodgson's resignation

We rate each of Hodgson's potential replacements...

Mark Ogden
Chief Football Correspondent
Wednesday 29 June 2016 15:58

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn will form a three-man committee with FA technical director Dan Ashworth and FA vice-chairman David Gill to identify the next England manager.

Glenn has insisted that the search will be global, rather than restricted to an English candidate, so who are the contenders and what are their strengths, weaknesses and prospects?

Gareth Southgate


English, works within the FA system at St George’s Park as head coach of Under-21s and won 57 caps for England.

The 45-year-old is set to be appointed as interim manager and therefore has the chance to make the job his own permanently.

A popular figure within the FA, with a calm persona and has the back of technical director Dan Ashworth.


Suffered relegation from the Premier League with Middlesbrough during his only job as a club manager and has not managed at club level since leaving Boro in 2009.

Would be regarded as an establishment appointment, an easy option by the FA, and would struggle to convince a sceptical public.

Likelihood: 7/10

Arsene Wenger


Has almost 20 years of experience of English football with Arsenal, where he is credited with transforming the club’s outlook, and that of the English game, since arriving in 1996.

Hugely successful time as Arsenal manager, commands respect from all areas of the game and would be regarded as a blue-chip appointment.

Would also introduce an attractive style of play and be seen as the man to accelerate the England DNA programme of coaches and football identity.


Arsenal’s best years under Wenger are now over a decade ago and the Frenchman has arguably been eclipsed by younger managers and coaches, but in the Premier League and in Europe.

Under contract at Arsenal for one more year and keen to extend his contract at the Emirates.

Has also rejected offers to take charge of England in the past.

Likelihood: 6/10

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce celebrates Sunderland's Premier League survival


English and with a track record of making unfashionable clubs punch above their weight.

Introduced cutting edge ideas and new-age thinking during time in charge of Bolton Wanderers, and also showed his ability to work with star players such as Youri Djorkaeff, Fernando Hierro and Jay Jay Okocha.

Has never suffered relegation from the Premier League and recently kept Sunderland in the top flight.


Regarded by many as a long-ball practitioner and potentially too abrasive and outspoken for the role as England manager.

No international experience or exposure to football at the highest level in Europe.

Likelihood: 4/10

Laurent Blanc


Stellar career as a player with France and Marseille, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United, also coached at international level with France and in the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaks English, knows English football from his time at United, where he was regarded as having a major influence on young players such as Rio Ferdinand.


Recently sacked by PSG and lasted only two years in charge of France.

Likelihood: 4/10

Alan Pardew

Pardew is unlikely to be given a chance with the national team


English and has enjoyed relative success with Newcastle and Crystal Palace in recent seasons.

Would be seen as a positive appointment by those charged with encouraging English coaches to develop their talents and qualifications.


Has never won a major trophy and has limited experience of European football.

Another abrasive and outspoken candidate, would potentially be too controversial for the FA.

Likelihood: 2/10

Jurgen Klinsmann


Glittering career as a player, a World Cup and European Championship winner with Germany, and already hugely respected in England following time as a player with Tottenham.

Began the transformation of German football when promoting youth during two-year reign as manager between 2004-2006 and has spent the last five years establishing the United States as a globally-respected force.


Would face resistance as a German in charge of England.

Under contract with the USA until Russia 2018, but has become an unpopular figure with fans in the US over team selection and tactics.

Has a difficult relationship with the US Soccer Federation, which may deter FA bosses from appointing due to his outspoken personality.

Likelihood: 6/10

Brendan Rodgers


Regarded as a forward-thinking coach who encourages attacking football.

Almost won the Premier League with Liverpool in 2014 and, despite his dismissal last season, was seen as a coach who made players better and more comfortable on the ball.


Recently took charge of Celtic, so unlikely to be prepared to break his contract without taking charge of a competitive game for the club.

Tainted by the final days of his reign at Liverpool, with defensive naivety regarded as a key factor in his downfall.

Likelihood: 5/10

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe took Bournemouth to the top flight for the first time in their 116-year history


The Bournemouth manager would be regarded as a positive appointment for young English coaches – a figure who could be used as proof of a pathway to the top.

Has transformed Bournemouth from a sleepy lower league club to one which is now looking forward to a second successive season in the Premier League.


No international experience and only one season as a manager in the top flight.

Has never worked with senior international players and lacks the pedigree of manager and coaches of other established nations.

Likelihood: 2/10

Louis van Gaal


Available after being sacked by Manchester United last season, the Dutchman has a proven track record at international level having guided the Netherlands to third place at the last World Cup.

A man who would impose a playing style and stick with it, regardless of outside criticism.

Would also be regarded as a coach who could help the FA and England team develop an identity.


Left Old Trafford amid accusations of losing the faith of the players with his monotonous training methods and style of play.

Football regarded as out-dated and too methodical and would be a hugely risky appointment due to his outspoken nature.

Likelihood: 2/10

Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson and Van Gaal together after Manchester United's 2016 FA Cup win


The most successful manager in the history of English football after 27-year reign as Manchester United manager.

An advocate of attacking football, promoting youth and playing to win.

Also not currently employed and could possibly be tempted by David Gill.


Once insisted he would only take charge of England, as a Scotsman, to ‘relegate them.’

Retired three years ago and has shown no inclination to return to management.

Has never had the best of relationships with the Football Association.

Likelihood: 1/10

Roberto Martinez


The Spaniard would impose a pure footballing philosophy onto the England team and promote youth.


Sacked by Everton last season and regarded as too naïve defensively to enjoy success as a manager.

Likelihood: 1/10

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