Following the resignation of former England manager, Roy Hodgson, it is being believed that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, is the number one candidate for the job.
The French manager – whose contract with Arsenal will be expiring next season – has been in charge of the London club for almost 20 years, but his failure to recreate his early success at the club could see him without a club during the next summer.
Roy Hodgson resigned from his position as England manager following his embarrassing defeat to Iceland in the Euro 2016 – resulting in England’s elimination from the competition altogether.
“Now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group,” said Hodgson. “It’s been a fantastic journey.”
Reports from the Daily Mail suggest that the England Football Association is willing to hold back the signing of a new manager for a full year till Arsene Wenger’s contract finishes, so that they can sign him up.
The FA Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, spoke about the possibility of waiting for Arsene Wenger to see out his current contract with Arsenal. He said:
“It is a possibility, of course. If you said, ‘This person is an absolute shoo-in, can you wait?’ then we are well-placed I think with an interim solution.
“You might get interim solutions plural as we have had in the past – get a few managers to come and help. It is such an important decision, we have got to get the right person.
“To wait a few months – if that is what we had to do – I think would be the right decision.”
Gareth Southgate, the England under-21 manager, will be taking over the England squad in the meantime – as the interim manager.
It seems Arsene Wenger is the perfect candidate to take on the task of managing the England squad. The Frenchman has managed over 1500 games in his career, winning more than half of them.