Next England Manager Odds: Who Could Succeed Gareth Southgate?
Gareth Southgate could be nearing the end of his England tenure and the best betting sites have reopened the market on who might succeed him.
Broadly speaking, Southgate has done an excellent job in charge of his country. He led England to the semi-finals of World Cup 2018, before they finished as runners-up at Euro 2020.
A quarter-final exit from World Cup 2022 was widely seen as respectable given England were only narrowly beaten by France.
The Three Lions took another little step closer to booking their place at next summer’s European Championship after drawing 1-1 with Ukraine recently to remain top of Group C.
England are one of the strong favourites to lift the trophy in Germany, but reports of late indicate Southgate could step down after the tournament come what may.
Who are the contenders to replace the most successful England manager of the modern era?
Let’s take a look at some of the names who have been mentioned in connection with the position.
Potter And Carsley Lead The Way
Graham Potter is the favourite to replace Southgate at 6/1 with football betting sites.
A talented coach, Potter made his name in England with Swansea City and Brighton & Hove Albion, although he previously did a fine job at Swedish side Ostersund.
Potter’s teams play attractive football and his Brighton team was a joy to watch on its day.
However, the 48-year-old’s time at Chelsea did not at all go to plan, and there may be fears about his ability to handle the many big personalities in the England dressing room.
Lee Carsley, who led England to glory at the European Under-21 Championship this summer, would be an interesting pick at 8/1.
Remember, Southgate was hired as senior boss having already served as manager of the under-21s, but Carsley’s native Ireland are also thought to be interested in his services should Stephen Kenny be disposed of in the meantime.
Guardiola At Top Of List But Would He Take It?
The Daily Mail revealed earlier this week that Southgate plans to walk away from the national team after Euro 2024, even though his contract runs until December next year.
The same report stated that Pep Guardiola is the FA’s favoured choice to succeed the man who has been England manager since 2016.
Guardiola is priced at 8/1 with William Hill, the same as Carsley and Potter.
He clearly enjoys working in England: the Catalan has already been in charge of Manchester City for much longer than he was at either Barcelona or Bayern Munich.
However, Guardiola is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2025 and he does not seem ready to leave club football behind just yet.
Strong Season At Newcastle Would Boost Howe’s Chances
Newcastle United have endured a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign, losing three out of their first four games.
But the fixture list has been unkind so far and the Magpies could still go on to have a fantastic season, just as they did last time out.
Another top-four finish in the Premier League or a run deep into the Champions League would only boost Eddie Howe’s chances of becoming the next England head coach.
As things stand you can get odds of 9/1 with betting apps on the ex-Bournemouth boss assuming control post-Southgate.
Again, the main question is whether Howe would be interested in moving into international management when he is still in his mid-40s.
Gerrard And Pochettino Among The Outsiders Right Now
Steven Gerrard did a brilliant job in his first foray into coaching, as he guided Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title in 2021- the club’s first in a decade.
However, his stint at Aston Villa was hugely disappointing and he is now working in Saudi Arabia.
Going straight from Al-Ettifaq to England would be an unusual career step, and it is hard to see Gerrard being considered right now.
Both he and Mauricio Pochettino are available at 12/1. Currently at the helm of Chelsea, Pochettino is another foreign coach who enjoys working in England.
But if things go well at Stamford Bridge, he is unlikely to jump ship in the summer of 2024.
Tuchel And Cooper Also Available At Longer Odds
The suggestions are that England would consider a foreign manager this time around, so Thomas Tuchel at 14/1 with Coral is not a non-starter.
Having said that, the German is another coach who seems better suited to the club game at this stage of his career.
Steve Cooper may be Welsh, but he previously led England’s Under-16 and Under-17 sides, winning the World Cup with the latter in 2017.
Like Tuchel, he is available at 14/1 as England begin to draw up plans for life after Southgate.
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