Next England Manager Odds: Who Could Succeed Gareth Southgate?
UK betting sites are already offering odds on who will succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager ahead of the World Cup even starting.
Southgate has a better record at major tournaments than any England manager since Sir Alf Ramsey, but they suffered an ignominious relegation to League B of the Nations League after losing to Italy in the previous game.
An underwhelming showing in Qatar could signal the need to change and, if the FA decide to axe Southgate, the leading contenders for the job come from a diverse background and no shortage of experience.
With a World Cup semi-final run and a European Championship final under his belt already, it was always going to take more than a below-par Nations League campaign to see Southgate ousted from the job.
But the World Cup is the big one and England have been handed a favourable draw in Group B, so expectancy is high as he looks to go one better than they managed last year at the Euros.
Will failure to deliver the World Cup prompt the end of his tenure? Southgate's former England team-mate Teddy Sheringham hopes not.
"I like the continuity that he’s given England, he’s the best manager we’ve had for quite some time – he’s done a fantastic job over the past six years or so," Sheringham told Gambling.com.
"I don’t see any reason why it has to be his last tournament, I don’t think it should be. The only way I see it ending is if Southgate decides he wants to move on. Either way, he’s done an exceptional job, so I hope it’s not his last tournament."
Sheringham was part of England's Euro '96 and France '98 squads but most notably won major honours with Manchester United.
Indeed, he would like to see Southgate given the opportunity to build an England dynasty similar to that of Alex Ferguson's United reign, but on the international stage.
"When Sir Alex was in charge of Manchester United for however many years, things just rolled on," he said.
"Senior players left, young players grew older and passed on their experience and good vibes to the next generation and it just kept going.
"That sort on continuity just makes things a lot easier to stay at the top and, if England continue to perform well in major tournaments, then long may that continue."
But should Qatar prove to be Southgate's last hurrah, who would Sheringham like to see come in as a replacement?
"I’d like to see Arteta get the job, so it mucks up Arsenal’s season," he joked.
"They’re far too good at the moment so anything that mucks that up I’m all for, so give Arteta the England job after the World Cup and Arsenal can find a new manager and start again.
"That would suit me right down to the ground. In all seriousness, I don’t think we should be looking for anyone else at the moment. I’d like Southgate to continue, he’s done a great job."
Whether he stays on after the World Cup or not, UK bookmakers are taking bets on his eventual successor, and Newcastle boss Eddie Howe currently heads the market. Below, we analyse the key candidates as things stand.
Howe was regularly touted as a future England manager during his time at Bournemouth.
We saw Howe’s stock plummet after Bournemouth were relegated in 2020, but he still deserves a lot of credit for his work on the south coast.
He has now rebuilt his managerial reputation at Newcastle after replacing Steve Bruce as manager last season.
Howe is a strong candidate to replace Southgate - and he is now the 6/1 favourite in the eyes of BetVictor - but it may be difficult to prise him away from Newcastle.
They are now the world’s richest club, so it would be hard for Howe to walk away from a project where funding is unlikely to ever be an issue.
If he is eventually sacked, he could be a prime contender for the England role, but right now, there are probably better bets in the latest odds.
PSG sacked Mauricio Pochettino after he failed to lead an expensively assembled team to Champions League glory last season.
The former Spurs boss is thought to be targeting a Premier League return, but his options are limited having been overlooked for the Chelsea job recently.
He was widely linked with the Man Utd job before they opted for Erik ten Hag. A return to Tottenham is on hold, with Antonio Conte now seeming content in north London, while Man City and Liverpool are not seeking a new manager.
That could make him a contender for the England job. He has seen his price come in from 10/1 and is now an 8/1 shot with Coral, making him an intriguing outsider.
The FA may prefer an Englishman, but they had no qualms about hiring Sven-Göran Eriksson and Fabio Capello in the past. As things stand, Poch is certainly in the mix, and he would likely be a popular appointment with captain Harry Kane.
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Although only recently handed the reins at Chelsea, Graham Potter still figures highly in the betting on who will be the next permanent England manager.
Football betting sites are offering anything between 3/1 and 10/1 on Potter, who led Brighton to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League last season.
Although the jury is still out on his Chelsea spell, many Three Lions fans would welcome his progressive approach and propensity for attacking football.
Last year, he described the England job as “the pinnacle” of football management, so he would surely have his head turned if it was offered to him.
However, it may all depend on how long Southgate hangs around - if the vacancy comes up after Qatar 2022 then Potter is unlikely to jump ship so soon after only being handed his big shot at Stamford Bridge in September.
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard
The eternal Lampard-Gerrard debate could be resurrected in the not-too-distant future, as both former midfielders have been linked with the England job. They are priced at 20/1 apiece on William Hill.
Both men have gained a decent amount of managerial experience in a relatively short space of time.
Lampard has managed Derby, Chelsea and Everton, while Gerrard won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers before taking over at Aston Villa, who promptly sacked him after an underwhelming start this season.
Both Lampard and Gerrard would command the respect of the England dressing room, that is for sure, but there is a sense that they are still too raw for the role.
Lampard consistently features high up the odds on who will be the next Premier League manager sacked, so there's every chance his stock could be low when the England job comes up.
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