Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate may have been brought in to fill Sam Allardyce’s shoes in an interim capacity, but the shock ending to Big Sam’s ill-fated England reign has left the national team without a permanent manager just days before World Cup qualification matches resume.
Here, we look at some of the leading contenders who could fill the void.
He reached the FA Cup final but league results tailed off badly – however, a slow start to this campaign has been followed by three successive Premier League victories.
The manager has flourished at Bournemouth and only last week described coaching England as the “ultimate” job. “I would never say no,” Howe said.
The former Middlesbrough boss was brought into the fold to coach the Under-21s with an eye on future progression.
Southgate faltered at last year’s Under-21 European Championship but led the team to victory at the Toulon tournament in the summer.
Just days after speaking to the FA, Bruce decided to call time on his spell at Hull, where he had become the most successful manager in the club’s history. He remains out of work.
America fell to a semi-final Copa America exit in the summer, while Klinsmann guided Germany to the last-four stage at the 2006 World Cup.
It may yet be decided that was a case of the wrong job but the right man.
Out of coaching since exiting with Hodgson during the summer, the videos of Allardyce appear to show him saying Neville was the “wrong influence” on his predecessor.