While last night’s breaking news regarding Sam Allardyce’s England departure was no great surprise, the questions now begs;

Just who is the right man for the England job?

All of the ‘usual suspects’ are high in the betting with Gareth Southgate, the current temporary manager being the odds on favourite for the more permanent position.

Here at Quickplay Sport we have run a poll amongst the staff and here are our candidates;

Gareth Southgate


He’s an FA man, has learned the game the right way and is articulate when it comes to dealing with the media. He currently manages the England under 21s and the logical step would be a move up to manage the senior squad.


Lacks the experience required to take a national team to a level that the previous half dozen managers have failed to do. He had a poor reign as Middlesboro boss and although he currently manages the England under 21’s, taking this bigger job may just be a tad too soon for him, certainly one to consider for the future though.

Alan Pardew


He knows the English Premier League very well and has a knack of getting the best out of almost forgotten players. Having established Crystal Palace as a Premiership team and publically stated that he would like to manage the national team at some stage in his career, could now be the right time?


Pardew has had his fair share of ‘run ins’ with the Football Association and has a tendency to get too involved from the touchline, in his own admission, some of the incidents have been regrettable and so the question would be; does he have the composure required to deal with the pressure.

Harry Redknapp


As experienced a manager as you will get, particularly if we are talking about an English boss. Harry is loved by many fans and is a media darling with the cheeky retorts and the trademark grin, he is also currently out of work so an easy choice.


Harry is no ‘spring chicken’ and the question begs, does he have the desire and enthusiasm to undertake what is a very pressurised position, in the past few years he has walked away from jobs when they have become difficult.

Arsene Wenger


With 20 years Premiership experience, there is no current manager with more knowledge about the English ‘top tier’ league, he is renowned for playing the game the ‘right way’ and could be ready for a new challenge.


He’s French and seems to be very patriotic to his native roots; he is also under contract with Arsenal until the end of the current 2016 \ 2017 season and with the England requirement needing resolution fairly quickly, this one is unlikely.

Steve Bruce


Bruce has done well in the majority of managerial posts he has held, a resolute defender in his playing days and highly regarded by Sir Alex Ferguson. He also handles the media well and has a no-nonsense approach to the game. The big advantage to Steve Bruce being appointed is the fact that he is currently without a club.


Although Bruce has managed a few clubs since 1998, he hasn’t managed to attract the attentions of any ‘top 6’ jobs and has dipped in and out of the Premiership with the likes of Wigan, Sunderland and Hull City. This shouldn’t really be a factor but could be a concern within the FA.

Glen Hoddle


Has immense tactical football knowledge and had undoubted quality when he played for Spurs, AS Monaco and England. He has already managed the national team for 3 years (1996-1999) and had reasonable success (60% win rate) so he knows what is required. Another candidate who could take the job tomorrow as he is not currently working with any club.


When Glen Hoddle was relieved of his England manager duties in 1999, it wasn’t particularly because of a run of bad results. His now infamous relationship with faith-healer Eileen Drury and comments made about disabled people brought criticism from all including Prime Minister Tony Blair, this made his position untenable and the FA acted. This now historic ‘freedom of speech’ argument could well be a major stumbling block in any reappointment.

Other Possible Contenders

Eddie Howe

Jurgen Klinsmann

Alan Shearer

Slaven Bilic

Roberto Mancini

Gary Neville

Vincente Del Bosque

David Moyes

Claudio Ranieri

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