10 candidates to replace Sam Allardyce as England manager
The England job was Sam Allardyce's dream. He spent more than a decade chasing it. But he only had it for one match because an investigation by The Telegraph claimed he was advising people on how to skirt FA rules, and that led to the termination of his contract. Now, England need a new manager. Who could it be?
Pardew was one of the favorites to get the job when the FA were looking for a new boss in July. He's been managing for nearly 20 years so he has plenty of experience, and earned Premier League Manager of the Season in 2012 when he led Newcastle to the Europa League. Of course, he's also had some bad years in there, but he's well regarded in England and the bookies have already made him the favorite.
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Bruce is a lot like Pardew ... and even Allardyce. He is by no means a star and has some rough seasons to go along with his good ones, but he's English and has been around for a while. He was most recently at Hull, where he got the Tigers promoted to the Premier League, but resigned because of issues with the club, so he's currently unemployed.
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If England are going to go out on a limb, they would do it for Howe. The 38-year-old is one of the brightest young managers in England. He's gotten Bournemouth promoted from League Two all the way to the Premier League, making for one of the most unlikely rises by a club in English soccer history. He even kept the Cherries in the top flight lasts eason, playing attractive soccer, using progressive tactics and showing no fear of using youngsters.
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Southgate has a leg up on the competition because he is England's caretaker manager, so he has a chance to prove himself. The FA has said that he will manage the team through the remaining fixtures in 2016, giving him four matches to show he deserves the job permanently. He's also a fixture at the FA, having worked there in some capacity for five years now. But going in-house when there are qualified and interested Premier League candidates will take some guts.
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Hoddle has been England boss before, leading them at the 1998 World Cup. He's also managed Tottenham, Chelsea, Southampton, Wolves and Swindon Town, so he's hardly short on experience and he's on the candidates list every time the Three Lions' job comes open. Why that's the case, especially now that it's been 10 years since his last managerial job, isn't exactly clear.
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The summer was filled with rumors of Klinsmann wanting the England job, or England wanting him. It was never really clear and Klinsmann has since come out and said that he was never going to be the Three Lions' boss.
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Popular former player: check.
Served as England assistant coach: check
We've about made it through the reasons why England would hire Neville. His disastrous stint as Valencia manager, among other things, is a pretty good reason not to, though.
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If we're looking for the best, reasonably attainable non-English manager, Blanc might be it. He had an incredible run at Bordeaux, took France to the quarterifnals of Euro 2012 despite taking over a team that had suspended all of its World Cup players and then helped Paris Saint-Germain become one of the best teams in Europe. There is also the fun of a Frenchman serving as England boss.
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This would have probably been a more popular suggestion before West Ham got off to such a disastrous start to their season. Then again, if the Hammers weren't in shambles then Bilic almost certainly wouldn't consider leaving West Ham. There's not a lot of reason to believe this will happen, but it will be thrown out there.
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Vicente del Bosque
Del Bosque insists that he is retired and the England job, while nice, is hardly one to lure someone out of a nice life on Spanish beaches. But Engand could throw a ton of money at him. Del Bosque's time as Spain boss may not have ended well, between the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, but he was also in charge of their 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 win, not to mention two Champions League titles at Real Madrid. He's shown he can win and that he knows the international game -- which isn't a given with everyone. Not that it would matter if he's intent on retirement.