It’s that time again, everyone. Bitter disappointment at a major tournament (minus the penalty shootout) has left England searching for a new manager this week. Only moments after the squad’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland that eliminated them from Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson resigned from the position in a crafted and very well prepared speech.
One can’t help but wonder if it was put together just in case the worst took place on Monday night. Well, the worst did.
“Now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of a hungry and extremely talented group of players”, said Hodgson after the embarrassing display from the Three Lions.
We take a look at who could be taking over the team and what they can bring to the table for England moving forward.
Gareth Southgate – England U21
The early favorite for the oddsmakers is England’s U21 coach Gareth Southgate. The 45-year old former Aston Villa defender has worked closely with many of the players on the team as they have made their way up the youth national ranks. He has also held the role of the FA’s Head of Elite Development and one would assume his ability to assist in the evolution of young players would serve him well as senior team manager.
The England position comes with a crushing amount of exposure and pressure from both fans and media, so it is noteworthy to consider if he is up to the task. But with his enthusiasm and ability to motivate, this could certainly be a smart choice to fill the role for many years.
Eddie Howe – AFC Bournemouth
A youth movement certainly appears to be in the cards for the English national team at the highest rank. Bournemouth’s first ever season in the top division of England was made possible by the intelligent leadership of 38-year old Eddie Howe.
Voted Manager of the Decade at the Football League Awards in 2015, Howe lead The Cherries from the bottom of League Two to the Premier League with a disciplined defensive structure and smart attacking play. He seems to be able to get the most out of his players, which would be a welcome change after Monday’s sad display.
Alan Pardew – Crystal Palace
The man with the slickest sideline dance moves in the UK just might be bringing that flair to the international level. Pardew brings an intensity and passion to every club he has managed, and has found success more times than not. Favoring an attacking approach and cultivating individual skill, Pardew was the Premier League Manager of the Year in the 2011-12 season when he guided Newcastle United to a fifth place finish.
His time in the northeast found him in trouble at times, verbally ripping apart Roberto Mancini on the sidelines and headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler didn’t help poor results. But since taking over at Crystal Palace he has shown his abilities once more, taking the team to the FA Cup final this past season.
He would certainly be ready for the spotlight the position would bring with it and could be ready for a new challenge.
There is always a case to be made for bringing in a former player that can command respect from the locker room, especially with this young English squad. Manchester United and England legend Gary Neville fits that description, but comes with a couple of caveats.
Having just recently stepped down as an assistant with Roy Hodgson does not help matters, nor does his frightful few months at the helm of Valencia in Spain earlier this year. Frankly, any association with the England team from Monday’s match is a negative.
However, his pedigree and experience would bring a strong consideration from the FA to make the move happen.
Brendan Rodgers – Celtic
Two years ago, this idea would have been about as crazy as you can get. Rodgers was flying high, with Liverpool racking up goals and wins at a record setting pace. But, on the cusp of capturing the Premier League crown in 2014, the team let their title chance get away down the stretch.
After a disappointing following season and even more difficulty starting this past year, Liverpool sacked Rodgers and brought in Jurgen Klopp from Borussia Dortmund. Rodgers’ mix of high pressure and possession through the passing game could help provide the England squad with a needed spark.
Having just signed on with Celtic in Scotland presents an issue, but if the FA feel he could be the manager they need I’m sure they will find a way.
Jurgen Klinsmann – USA
California Dreamin’ – on such a winter’s day.
One of the most intriguing candidates for the position is current US national team manager and technical director Jurgen Klinsmann. Constantly rumored to take over various positions in England over the past few years, the trend has picked up steam once again. Klinsmann’s tactics, lineup choices and squad selections have made many in America scratch their heads and these tendencies would certainly draw some ire from the media and supporters in England.
He is always looked upon fondly for his time at Tottenham as a player and for his time with the German national team as manager at the 2006 World Cup.
However, his managerial implosion at Bayern Munich and inability to advance the US program make him a risky choice in a move that would no doubt require a hefty financial investment.
By Roy Emanuel, TFN Columnist on 28/06/2016 at 23:03
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