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27th Sep 2016

Seven candidates to replace Sam Allardyce as pressure builds on the England manager

A quick look at some of the early favourites to replace Big Sam

Simon Lloyd

Sam Allardyce hasn’t even been given the opportunity to spectacularly underachieve at a major tournament yet, but according to some, his time as England manager could be about to come to a sooner than expected – a *much* sooner than expected – end.

On Monday evening, reports surfaced of an investigation from the Telegraph which shows the former Sunderland boss speaking to undercover reporters who the paper claims were posing as representatives of a Far East investment company. Allardyce is alleged to have told them that bypassing third-party ownership rules was ‘not a problem’, criticised predecessor Roy Hodgson and his assistant Gary Neville and questioned why the FA spent so much money rebuilding Wembley Stadium.

According to some, all this could mean that Big Sam’s England goose is well and truly cooked. So, without further ado, isn’t it high time we started speculating over who might end up replacing him? Yes. Yes, it is.

If the FA do decide it’s time to bid farewell to Allardyce and his 100% win rate, here are seven men that could end up replacing him:

Alan Pardew

Before anyone pipes up and starts saying that Pards isn’t fit for the job, let’s start by pointing out that as things stand, he’s the bookies’ favourite to succeed Mr Allardyce. The Crystal Palace boss was one of the names in the frame after Roy Hodgson bowed out following Euro 2016, but appeared to suggest the time wasn’t right for him them. Perhaps things have changes in eight weeks?

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You can get 3/1 on Pards being England’s next permanent manager.

Jurgen Klinsman

You can’t deny that Jurgen Klinsman’s record as an international manager is pretty impressive. He led a German side to the semi-finals of their own World Cup in 2006 and has also worked wonders with the USA, who exceeded expectations in Brazil four years ago by reaching the last 16. The question here is have things really become so bad that England need to appoint a German as their next boss? Perhaps they have.

United States v Argentina: Semifinal - Copa America Centenario

Klinsmann is still the US manager and is 14/1 to become the next England boss.

Steve Bruce

Apparently interviewed before Sam Allardyce got the job earlier in the year, Steve Bruce is currently a second favourite to land the job at a price of 6/1. Besides all that, after leaving Hull City in the summer, he’s not exactly doing much with his time at the minute, either.

And just imagine how much the nation would appreciate his emotional post-tournament-exit press conferences?

Eddie Howe

You can get 8/1 on Eddie Howe becoming the next England boss. Despite barely looking old enough to sit his GCSEs, the Bournemouth boss has admitted that he’d never turn the opportunity to manage his country down if it presented itself. If he does get the job, he’d become the youngest England boss ever at the age of 38.


Glenn Hoddle

Having had the job once, Glenn Hoddle is also one of the favourites to replace Allardyce as England boss. You can get 10/1 on the former Chelsea manager being appointed for a second spell in charge of the Three Lions, 17 years after being sacked over his comments about disabled people. Perhaps not the best appointment if you’re replacing a man for allegedly saying things he probably shouldn’t have said.

Glenn Hoddle sacked

Gareth Southgate

Another man to have publicly said that he fancies the big job at some point in the future, Gareth Southgate is currently England’s Under-21 boss. If Allardyce does go, Southgate would probably be stand-in boss until a more permanent boss is named, although he’s priced at 10/1 to take the job on a full-time basis. We’re sure the English public would love to see Southgate make light of future exits from major footballing tournaments through another Pizza Hut advert…

Gary Neville

Scraping the barrel for people that a) are English and b) have coaching qualifications, Gary Neville is an outside bet to become the next England boss. He doesn’t exactly have an unblemished managerial career following his ill-fated time at Valencia last season and was assistant to Hodgson during their disastrous defeat to Iceland in the summer. Yet despite all this, he’s still 25/1 to succeed Allardyce.

Valencia CF v Real CD Espanyol - La Liga

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