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England manager contenders

29-September-2016
29-September-2016 23:18
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As the Football Association look to appoint a third England manager in three months, we take a look at the possible contenders to replace Sam Allardyce after his reign came to a premature end...

GARETH SOUTHGATE

Highly thought of by the decision-makers at the FA, the former Middlesbrough boss was brought into the fold to coach the U21s with an eye on future progression. He faltered at last year's U21 European Championship but led the team to victory at the Toulon tournament this summer. Having had no interest in succeeding Hodgson but takes charge for England's next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain while the FA looks for a permanent appointment.

STEVE BRUCE

The former Manchester United defender was interviewed in the summer about the vacant England manager's job. Just days after speaking to the FA, Bruce decided to call time on his spell at Hull, where he had become the most successful manager in the club's history. He remains out of work.

EDDIE HOWE

The smart and tactically-savvy 38-year-old looks to have a bright future at the top of the game. The manager has flourished at Bournemouth and only last week described coaching England as the "ultimate" job. "I would never say no," Howe said.

ALAN PARDEW

Seemed to be a new man after swapping Newcastle for Crystal Palace and some fine early-season results saw him seriously linked with the England job for the first time in his career. Reached the FA Cup final last season but league results tailed off badly. A slow start to this campaign has been followed by three successive Premier League victories.

JURGEN KLINSMANN

The former Tottenham striker has managerial experience at international level, having been in charge of the United States for almost five years and Germany before that. America fell to a semi-final Copa America exit in the summer while Klinsmann guided Germany to the last-four stage at the 2006 World Cup.

GARY NEVILLE

Seemed a heavy favourite to progress from his role as Hodgson's assistant until his ill-advised stint with Valencia saw his stock plummet. The former Manchester United defender has suggested he may never return to coaching. Having been relieved of his coaching duties along with Hodgson in the summer, he was criticised by Allardyce for having the "wrong influence" as a No 2.