England’s Football Association ( FA) is willing to wait a little bit longer to appoint Roy Hodgson’s permanent successor. Rumour has it that the reigning English Premier League Champion coach Claudio Ranieri and his counterpart Arsene Wenger are on the FA hit-list, but expected to sign new deals with their clubs, Sportbrief has learnt.
According to the Mirror report, Gareth Southgate will be installed as Roy Hodgson’s immediate successor as the search for England’s next manager turns into a farce.
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has already called Southgate and asked him to take temporary charge of the Three Lions – and he could end up getting the job on a permanent basis, the report revealed.
Glenn made it clear the FA are prepared to soldier on with current Three Lions Under-21s boss Southgate for up to a YEAR if it means getting the right man in the end.
Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri are both on the list of targets they want to speak to.
Sitting next to Glenn, Hodgson – who resigned after Monday’s shock European Championship last-16 loss to Iceland – said: “I don’t really know what I’m doing here. I’m no longer England manager, my time has been and gone.”
Former England defender Southgate is set to take charge of the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, which kicks off away to Slovakia on September 4.
If he does well, then he has a strong chance of landing the job permanently.
Glenn, together with FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth and ex-Manchester United chief David Gill, will choose the next man.
He plans to consult Match of the Day host and ex-England striker Gary Lineker, current senior players and Gary Neville, who has stepped down as Hodgson’s No2.
They plan to sound out Arsenal boss Wenger, but Mirror Sport understands the Frenchman’s No1 priority is to get a new contract at the Emirates. His current £8million-a-year deal is due to expire next summer.
Leicester’s Ranieri is also on their short-list, but again the Italian is expected to sign a new deal with his current employers. The champions’ owner want to reward him after delivering last season’s surprise Premier League title triumph.
That leaves them with few options, but Glenn insisted it would be “the best man for the job rather than the best Englishman for the job”, which opens the door to a foreign appointment.
When asked directly if a temporary manager would be put in place and whether that would be Southgate, Glenn confirmed: “We are not talking about names today but it (Southgate) would be a pretty obvious one to pick.
“We clearly need an inspirational manager who can harness all of the resources that the English game has got, everything we have now got at St George’s Park, to make us more resilient in tournaments.