The European Championships are well underway as we all know. For England, it all began with a draw to Russia after a promising performance, dented by conceding a last minute equaliser. Roy Hodgson is likely to remain in charge for the next tournament, but you just never know.
Looking at the Sky Bet odds to be the next England manager, the current favourite is Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate. Perhaps not the greatest shock in the world. Current coach Gary Neville is the second favourite, closely followed by Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew.
To have a look at the list of odds, CLICK HERE, as it does make for interesting reading. Whilst we know there are certain names who stand practically a zero per cent chance of being given the job at any stage, it is interesting nonetheless to see the prices for certain individuals. It was that long ago that now Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was the favourite.
There are a few Football League managers that have been given prices as well. The likelihood is it will be one of perhaps Southgate, Neville, Pardew and probably someone else like Eddie Howe, assuming the FA would want to stay with someone English. Names will appear over the next few years as well of course. Still, a few Football League bosses are up there so we thought we would give them a bit of attention.
From biggest to shortest odds, here are the Football League manager’s most likely to be the next England manager, according to the odds. There are five of them in total.
Nigel Clough – Burton Albion 100/1
The last name mentioned on the list is current Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough, a former England international and son of Brian, who infamously was overlooked for the top job at the Football Association. In a few years’ time he will be celebrating 20 years in management, and he only turned 50 in March!
Burton Albion seems to be his spiritual home. Despite his England caps and top flight appearances for clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Manchester City, he played well over 200 times for Burton, before managing them over two spells, the second of which he is still currently in.
He has certainly got the experience box firmly ticked. Not many of the other managers linked to the job, even those higher up, can say that they have as many games in the dugout as Clough. He has very much served the apprenticeship, starting in non-league and will now be managing the Brewers in the Championship next season.
He has also managed big clubs like Derby County and Sheffield United, not necessarily bringing success in the form of silverware, but he made them competitive and was particularly strong in the cup competitions. He is priced 100/1 for the job though, the same as Frank Lampard, John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Sir Alex Ferguson!