The English press has already started the discussion about who will replace England boss Fabio Capello after next years European Championships.
No matter what happens at next’s years competition in Ukraine and Poland the Italian will leave his position.
There is even the dreaded possibility that England won’t qualify for Euro 2012.
I believe that possibility is unlikely, so who will replace the outgoing Italian after Euro 2012? Here are the names of the likely candidates:
The veteran Tottenham boss is currently favourite to replace Capello at the helm of the England team. Redknapp is regarded as a good motivator of players and has good man management skills. In his club management days he has been renowned for being a wheeler dealer, which I believe he hates.
Despite his skills in the transfer market he has got good managerial skills. He also has immense experience in the game. Redknapp has had time to hone his managerial abilities and done a fantastic job with Tottenham in the Premier League.
The 64 year-old is acknowledged as the best choice by the majority of England fans and the English media. One slight chink in Redknapp’s armoury is the fact that he finds it hard to take criticism. And the English media love to hand out more than their fair share of that to England bosses.
Another English contender is West Brom boss Roy Hodgson. Hodgson has done a superb job at West Brom and has put himself back in contention for the job. Hodgson had previously enjoyed a superb spell in charge of Fulham before moving to Liverpool.
He never really had the full backing of the fans or hierarchy at the club and left with the club struggling near the wrong end of the Premier League table. The job proved too much for the veteran and he was fired.
Hodgson has revived his managerial reputation in the Midlands. At 64 years of age he also has vast experience in the game. Hodgson also already has experience in international management, having managed the national teams of Finland and Switzerland, among others.
Hodgson has stated that he would only accept the England managers job if the fans were behind him. This will be down to the perceived lack of support shown to him by Liverpool fans in his time at Anfield.
Stuart Pearce is currently the England under-21 boss and is also part of Capello’s full setup. Pearce has done a decent job at under-21 level but is yet to win silverware with the junior side. The former-England international is learning his trade at international and is gaining valuable experience.
The former-Nottingham Forest defender is not currently ready to make the step up to the position of England boss. However Pearce is showing promise as a head coach and could be a future England boss.
Although Martin O’Neill is not English, he is almost regarded as an adopted Englishman he has been in the country that long. He has managed Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa and is thought of as one of the brightest managers in British football.
O’Neill had been talked about as a future boss of Manchester United. Yet he is currently unemployed after leaving Aston Villa. He felt that he wasn’t given the resources he needed to move the club forward in the Premier League.
He is still highly thought of in British football though and is a superb man manager. O’Neill was always able to get the best out of his players. However O’Neill likes his teams to play long ball football and I don’t believe the England fans would appreciate that style of play.
The 59 year-old is now considered an outsider for the England managers job. If he hasn’t found a club by next summers though I can see his name being talked about by the FA.
The English FA have stated that they will remain tight-lipped on who they are considering for the post until next summer. However I have my doubts about that statement. Thanks to the overactive English press I’m sure England fans will know who the new England boss will be, before the FA have a chance to announce the appointment.
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