The chances for the next England manager are growing as everyone tries to guess who will be the next England manager after Gareth Southgate’s six-year spell.
It has been a successful period for Southgate. Originally given the job on an interim basis following the shock departure of Sam Allardyce in 2016, the former defender led the Three Lions to a semi-final at the 2018 World Cup before going even better three years later at Euro 2020. campaign left storm clouds on the horizon in 2022 – and Southgate was non-committal about his future after a quarter-final defeat at the World Cup.
The England boss has a contract until 2024, but rumors have already circulated about who would replace Southgate should he decide to step down.
Who will be the next England coach after Gareth Southgate? Here are the next opportunities for the England manager…
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1. Mauricio Pochettino: 4/1
Mauricio Pochettino appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football in November 2020, longer-haired and more chatty than ever seen during his Tottenham days. Some thought he was auditioning for the job at Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain at the time – he got the latter – so were his pundit appearances on the BBC during the World Cup setting him up for the big job?
Pochettino belongs to the top of world managers, there is no doubt about that. He took Spurs from outsiders to perennial top four contenders, leading them to a Champions League final and close to winning a title. Since then he has managed bigger egos at PSG and tactically he is an astute and brilliant coach who has outsmarted the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp in his career.
He would become a big name with a lot of experience under his belt. The right man for the job? Maybe – although his lack of silverware and knockout record is a concern. Especially considering that’s basically what his job would entail. Still, you can expect him to promote England in the Nations League.
2.Thomas Tuchel: 5/1
Thomas Tuchel has no problem when it comes to knockout football. He has never lost a semi-final in his career, led a decent but flawed Chelsea team to a European title and almost did the same with PSG (not even Poch could match that).
Tuchel would have England safe in their build-up and is experienced in using massive, star-studded squads to his advantage. There may not be a better manager on the international scene – and while his football at Chelsea has been mocked for being boring, that’s what international football wins.
However, is he ready to move away from club football? Apart from Antonio Conte, there are few managers who perform at their absolute peak. He is more likely to come in for a job at Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus or Bayern Munich – even Germany, should Hansi Flick leave.
3. Brendan Rodgers: 8/1
Fluid in formation, a possession-based coach and with plenty of experience building a side from the bottom up, Brendan Rodgers would be an intriguing proposition for England.
Leicester City haven’t had the best season, but what Rodgers has achieved in winning them an FA Cup and bringing them within the confines of Champions League football has not gone unnoticed. The Northern Irishman would likely enjoy a new challenge and with an impressive resume would make him a popular choice with fans and players alike.
Is he past his mercurial best though? Are last-minute historical collapses on his part a concern? Maybe, but he would still be at the top of international football if he coached there.
4.Eddie Howe: 10/1
Eddie Howe has been tipped as a future England manager since he took Bournemouth from the foot of the Football League to the Premier League. He would also tick all the boxes.
Howe plays expansive football, his man-management skills are fantastic and he’s excellent with the media. He’s sharp-witted, his football is tenacious and, as Newcastle United proves, he doesn’t necessarily need a star-studded team to do spectacular work.
The only problem is that his job in Newcastle is far from complete. Howe has stated in the past that he would miss out on day-to-day management if he moved to the England job and judging by how the Magpies are flying, he’s not ready to give that up just yet.
5.Graham Potter: 12/1
He is arguably the smartest manager England has produced in the 21st century. Graham Potter first worked wonders in Sweden’s Östersunds before returning home and taking Brighton to record highs.
His football looks excellent and now he plays at Chelsea, where the jury is still out. The England job could be a welcome turn off for him if he feels Stamford Bridge isn’t quite what he imagined.
However, could Potter really get the biggest job in English football? He’s had little concrete success in this country apart from pushing Brighton up the rankings and countering xG trends. It still feels a bit premature.
6. Steven Gerrard: 16/1
Already a legend of English football, Steven Gerrard already has silverware under his belt as a manager. He has shown glimpses of being able to coach intense, exciting football and if he has the ‘big-game’ gene in management that he had as a player, Stevie G just might be able to produce magic for the Three Lions.
Gerrard’s reputation took a hit at Aston Villa towards the end, mind you. The lack of Michael Beale by his side kind of showed him – he wasn’t as smart as many would have thought. Getting the job in England after failing at Villa may feel like favouritism.
7.Frank Lampard: 16/1
Frank Lampard has done a fantastic job of rebuilding Everton from the mess it was when he arrived at what resembles a side capable of controlling a midfield and driving away from relegation. He also did admirably at Chelsea, almost winning Derby County via the play-offs.
But like Gerrard, giving the job to a legend on the back of his name is probably an English move from the past. Like Howe, Lampard is halfway through a project he’s in – and probably isn’t good enough tactically either.
8.Steve Cooper: 16/1
Steve Cooper has taken Nottingham Forest from the bottom of the Championship to the Premier League, but more pertinently he has a history as England’s title-winning manager at youth level. Given Southgate’s success, it would make sense to follow suit.
Cooper would have been an interesting pick and might have been a favorite had Southgate stepped down in the summer when the Forest Chief’s stock was high. However, a disastrous top campaign so far may have thrown him off balance this time around.
9. Wayne Rooney: 18/1
Add Wayne Rooney to a stack with Lampard and Gerrard. He embodies the spirit of the Three Lions and he’s already impressed as a manager in his short time as coach – even Southgate has said he liked what he’s seen.
Again, what has Rooney actually achieved so far? A relegation at club level and little else on a CV didn’t really hurt the current England boss, but with expectations a little higher these days the current DC United manager may need to move up a bit before taking on such a role .
10. Sarina Wiegman: 25/1
Why not hire the only living manager to win an international title at senior level with England?
Sarina Wiegman led the nation to victory over the summer, making tough choices and smart decisions when it mattered. Giving Leah Williamson the captain’s armband raised eyebrows – as did putting the Arsenal star in defense – while keeping the team unchanged throughout the tournament despite the emergence of several stars from the bench could have backfired. It turned out to be a masterstroke.
Some have already touted Wiegman for the men’s track, with The Athletic’s Michael Cox England should consider her (opens in new tab). Hiring someone who has never been successful in men’s football would be a huge step…
11. Arsene Wenger: 25/1
In fact, he never retired. Arsene Wenger has made no secret of how much he misses management and England have approached him several times over the years. Who actually knows English football better than him?
Wenger would play expressively and bring the joy back to England, but it seems unlikely that he will take that step now. David Dein, his Arsenal cohort, was the main driver behind a potential move to the national set-up 20 years ago and he is no longer involved with England – and remember, the big man turned it down.
At the age of 73, we probably last saw him coach.
12. Jose Mourinho: 25/1
Imagine it. Jose Mourinho, slapping the England crest on his jacket and holding up three fingers to the crowd, referring to the number of lions on his players’ chests.
It seems to have come full circle, the only possible answer and Luke Shaw’s worst nightmare rolled into one. Jose loves English football and would no doubt rate this as his last job in English football and his arc in international football. It has to happen, right?
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