Roy Hodgson resigned minutes after England bowed out to Iceland in the second round of the Euro 2016. The English Football Association has gone for a global hunt for a new manager.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann are among the list of probable candidates to take charge as new England boss.
FA’s three-man panel consisting of chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and vice-chairman David Gill are exploring the possibility of approaching the Arsenal boss, according to the Independent. Gareth Southgate, the former England defender and the current England u-21 coach will be in charge of the team as interim coach.
Wenger has still one year of his contract remaining at Emirates. With the World Cup qualifying campaign set to commence from autumn, FA urgently needs to hire a manager.
“If it did affect qualification, it would be a wrong decision,” Glenn said on Tuesday. “It’s a hypothetical. If you said you were going to wait a year, a lot of things can happen in a year which may undo your plans.
The team Glenn pointed out that Wenger could be the right man to guide the team through the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers.
“Arsène Wenger has been here since 1996,” Glenn continued. “Has Arsène got a fantastic understanding of the Premier League, of English players, of the English media, of the expectations of England? Absolutely. So would you rule him out? Probably not, but he might not want it.”
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Sky Sports reported that Jurgen Klinsmann is interested in the England job. Former German International Klinsmann led the USA team to the semifinals of the Copa Centenario 2016 last week.
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