England looking for long-term manager instead of "mercenaries"

The England Football Association are taking their time, not rushing into hiring a replacement for national team manager Sam Allardyce. Gareth Southgate has taken over as interim manager after Allardyce got sacked following a newspaper investigation. Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn says they will be looking for a manager that could lead the team through several final tournaments, not "just be a mercenary for short-term gain". In the last two decades only two England managers have kept their job through three final tournaments: Roy Hodgson and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Glenn said: "In the past we've gone for foreign managers who'd be attracted as they might help us win a tournament." The new manager would have to be capable of leading England on the long term and also to give the players confidence that they could win a major tournament. "We have been very successful at winning tournaments in the development teams," Glenn said. "The under-21s, the under-19s, when we put our boys up against the best in the world we are winning. We're not translating that enough when it comes to the senior team. We think the difference is psychological preparation, this fear factor when you put on the England shirt. The manager we hire will really understand that and will have detailed plans to address it."

Interim manager Gareth Southgate didn't have the best of results after taking charge, a 2-0 victory over Malta and a goalless draw in Slovenia in the World Cup qualifiers. The caretaker boss will remain in charge for the upcoming match against Scotland on November 11 and also for the friendly match against Spain. The interim manager is among those considered for the permanent job. "He will almost certainly be a candidate. It's up to him to decide whether he wants to do it," Glenn added. "The preference would be for English because the missing link I think in getting consistent England performances in tournaments is linked to this issue of fear and pride, so the team identity. I don't want to rule out candidates who are not English that would also be terrific and also wanted to do the job for the long term. It would be crazy to narrow the pool so much but our preference would be for English."

You can bet on who will be the next England manager at Bet365, here are the odds for the top five candidates:

Gareth Southgate 5/6
Roberto Mancini 4/1
Arsene Wenger 7/1
Ralf Rangnick 14/1
Eddie Howe 14/1

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    "England looking for long-term manager instead of "mercenaries"

    That sounds good on paper but I'm not exactly sure that the clerks in the FA knowing anything about football and could choose the right guy for the job. Their decisions were wrong for many years behind so I doubt they will take the right one now too.
    Gareth Southgate looks not only the only one who's available and qualified but the only realistic candidate to take the job so not exactly a race...it's another theme if he could be a successful England manager.
    But I think it was about time for someone younger to step up...

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