Roy Hodgson is on his way, and the England role is open again for the first time in 3 years. It's one of the most sought after jobs in Europe, and possibly the one with the most pressure. England is the home of football, and the home of the Premier League, and yet in 64 years of trying has only brought home 1 major trophy - the 1966 World Cup, on home soil. After the brilliance of the 1990s England side, the Three Lions have petered out and have not shown anything close to success since 1996. The next England manager will have immense pressure on him to succeed in one of the most competitive eras of international football ever - and so the FA need to make a strong choice. Here's our top 10 favourites to nab the England job.
Across the pond, German manager Jurgen Klinsmann has turned the USMNT from pretenders to contenders and after the 2014 World Cup they sit in an impressive 15th in the World Rankings, 5 places above England. The 49 year old is relatively young as managers go but has an impressive resume including over 100 caps, a World Cup and a European Championship for Germany, 2 years as manager of Die Mannschaft (including third place at the 2006 World Cup) and a brief spell in charge of Bayern Munich. It would be extremely interesting to see a German in charge of the English national team after managing the United States but he has certainly proved himself on an international stage.
It would be extremely difficult to convince the 'Special One' to take up this role but the fact remains that Jose Mourinho craves a challenge. Having won the Champions League with FC Porto and Inter Milan, a Liga BBVA with Real Madrid and 2 Premier Leagues with Chelsea, the 51 year old Portuguese manager can rightly claim to being the best manager in the game. However, he has not yet managed an international side, and to take England to World Cup glory would be a crowning achievement of a magnificent career.
If appointing German Jurgen Klinsmann would antagonise the England faithful, then Scot David Moyes would also be ruled out of the job. His current availability makes him a strong candidate, especially considering his fine work with Everton, but his nationality coupled with his calamities at Manchester United work against him. The Red Devils' failure is fresh in the mind of England fans and that kind of association could rule him out of the running.
Queiroz is certainly a left field candidate but can claim to be one of the most experienced and versatile international managers in the world. The 61 year old has managed internationally since 1991, with Portugal (1991-93, 2008-10), UAE (1998-99), South Africa (2000-02) and Iran (2011-14). He is perhaps most famous for being Sir Alex Ferguson's right hand man at Manchester United and that kind of knowledge and experience could lead England in he right direction.
After almost clinching Liverpool's first Premier League title, it would be tough to convince Rodgers to quit the Anfield post or juggle two jobs at once but the 41 year old is arguably the most up-and-coming manager in the game. His adventurous play at Liverpool makes him stand out and he could be the man that England are looking for.
Having taken AS Monaco out of Ligue 2, Ranieri failed to deliver continental qualification in their first season in Ligue 1 and has been moved on. Like Mourinho, he is an experienced club manager who is yet to test himself internationally after managing big clubs such as Napoli, Fiorentina, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus and Roma. Despite his age, Ranieri could be the guily and tactful manager England needs.
4. Gareth Southgate (England Under-21s)
If England want to get things rolling quickly, Southgate is their man. As Under-21 manager, he already has extensive knowledge of the system in place and can get things rolling immediately. His current role could also mean a more youthful element to the national squad, with Southgate having personally overseen the development of young talents such as Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Southgate will certainly be seen as the best option if the FA wanted to stay in-house. He's also the only Englishman on this list.
Martinez was the first manager to declare interest in the vacancy, just hours after Hodgson's dismissal, and the 40 year old Spaniard seems eager to please. He shows a tendency of overachieving, lifting Swansea to a promotion and Wigan to a historic FA Cup victory before taking Everton to their highest finish in 5 years in his first season at the helm. His enthusiasm has surprised some, given he could instead manage Everton in the Europa League, but that desire for more success could convince the FA to hire him.
Mancini is most famous in England for taking Manchester City to their first English top flight title in 44 years and that reputation could see him win the fans' support. He is coming off a second place finish in the Turkish league with Galatasaray, but has never managed an international side despite plenty of success at club level. The Italian could follow in Fabio Capello's footsteps and become the manager of the Three Lions, but he isn't our favourite...
One of the most reputable names in the business, Dutch maestro Frank Rijkaard has spent a full 18 months unemployed and is now thought to be aggressively pursuing job opportunities, with the England job reportedly on top of his list. The 51 year old has previously managed Holland and Saudi Arabia on an international level but is most famous for leading Barcelona to the 2006 Champions League trophy. His reputation and resume make him our favourite for the England job.