CAPE TOWN – Manchester United legend Steve Bruce leads a list of potential jobbers for the England manager job following Sam Allardyce’s departure last night.

The former Hull City manager was previously considered for the position this year before Allardyce was awarded with the job, is a favourite amongst bookies at 3/1.

Gareth Southgate 

The current man of the moment, Southgate will undertake the England manager duties until Allardyce’s replacement has been appointed.

Southgate, who’s managing England’s U21 squad will announce the national side’s stating line up ahead of World Cup friendlies against Malta and Slovenia and remain for the friendlies against Scotland and Spain. Suthgate hasn’t had the best of luck when he managed Middlesbrough from between 2006 and 2009, but could he find success at national football?

Eddie Howe 


Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was a top contender for the position following Roy Hodgson’s departure this year – the position was eventually handed to Allardyce.

During his two seasons with Bournemouth, Howe has reinvigorated a team that were seen struggling during their first half of last season to a team worthy of the Premier League title.

At 38, Howe is England’s best young manager and his style is worthy for the top job. He may lack the international experience, but will youth triumph over experience?

Alan Pardew 

Currently at the helm of Crystal Palace, Pardew has stated his intentions for the positions in the past. However, Pardew has been at the centre of many controversies in the past, including an encounter with Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger.

Unlike Howe, Pardew isn’t afraid to take risks and play dirty to get a team ahead but his attacking approach is something that England lacks. He has seen success in his football career including reaching the FA Cup on three occasions – as a Palace player in 1990, and as a manager with West Ham in 2006 and with Palace last season (2016).

Is this the right time for Pardew?

Jurgen Klinsmann


Could another Jurgen joining the English football rankings? It could, in the case of the US national manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

A strong contender, Klinsmann has played club football in Germany and abroad and has managerial experience which includes heading up the German national side and Bayern Munich. Currently in the US, Klinsmann has received his fair share of criticism but has always risen above them.

Klinsmann would be the better suited choice and many have agreed for him to be the next manager. But while he may not have experience coaching in England, his tenure as German head coach and current US head coach is something worthy considering.

Would the FA reconsider a non-British manager for the position?

Other names that have been thrown into the mix include former England head coach Glenn Hoddle, Rangers manager Mark Warburton, former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

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