JEREMY CROSS COLUMN: Newcastle sacking, disappointing Memphis and English managers

7 Mar


WHERE have all the potential England managers gone?

Current boss Roy Hodgson is out of contract following Euro 2016 and his future will be decided in June.

If England flop in France like they did at the 2014 World Cup, then talks about an extension with FA bosses will be brief, because Hodgson will be gone.

Then the real problems start.

Despite the best teams in the Premier League all being managed by foreign bosses, the FA are loathed to go down that road again after Sven and Fabio.

Claudio Ranieri, Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic will not be considered, Arsene Wenger is a non-starter and Louis van Gaal wants to retire when he leaves Manchester United.

Which brings us to the list of homegrown candidates – and it’s a short one.

Alan Pardew has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but Crystal Palace have struggled to win a raffle in recent months.

Sam Allardyce could still be the man to take Sunderland into the Championship, while the likes of Tony Pulis, Steve Bruce and Eddie Howe are not thought to be on the radar.

The talent pool is shallow and unless the FA change their stance on appointing a foreign boss again they are cutting off their nose to spite their face.


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