Three Lions On Whose Chest
After just 67 days, Big Sam is gone. But with all eyes on the club, who can restore England's glory?
Written By Matty Hopkins - October 6, 2016
One of the most hotly anticipated England signings of 2016 just went down in flames.
Sam Allardyce, Big Sam to you and me, has been shown the red card as England manager after just one game – the shortest tenure in permanent England boss history. With World Cup qualifiers coming this and fast over the next two months, Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has stepped onto the pitch as caretaker but this begs the question – who’s next?
One of the most obvious choices to take the helm, Southgate has been manager of the Under-21s in 2013 under a three year contract. His time with the squad has been successful so far, with a successful trip to the U-21 European Championships last year. Following the excitement over the summer ahead of Allardyce’s appointment and taking a more sober approach to the job at hand, Southgate spoke of his appointment just weeks after announcing he himself didn’t think he was ready for the job as the Three Lions Manager. If England perform well in their upcoming matches, could he be offered the job full time?
Could the man who many thought would replace Allardyce’s predecessor Roy Hodgson finally have his turn as manager?
Still fresh from his March sacking at Valencia, is he really the man for the job? Despite working closely with the England squad since 2012 as part of the senior squad coaching staff, his managerial style leaves something to be desired following his performance with the Spanish side. League and tournament relegations, ultimately led to his downfall and with the England squad being branded a laughing stock by many, is he really the man for the job?
Despite leaving the job as Hull manager in the summer, Bruce has been tipped as the best choice for the England job. Prior to Allardyce’s appointment, Bruce was interviewed for the job by the FA. His time with Hull wasn’t perfect – thanks in part to frosty relationships with the club’s owner – but it can’t be dismissed that he did a fine job with the team, including a trip to their first ever FA Cup final.
Many are speculating that the current Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, could be the man for the job. FA Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, has stated recently that the Frenchman has the ‘perfect criteria’ to be the next Lions Manager and no-one can deny his commitment to English football. After 20 years and more title wins than we can count, he is Arsenal’s most successful and longest serving manager. A true managerial veteran, could Wenger be the one to bring the Three Lions back?
The jury is out on this one. If Southgate pulls it out the bag and performs well in the coming fixtures, we think he could be more than in with a chance for the top job. What do you think? Who should be the next England manager? Tweet us and let us know your thoughts.