Who will succeed Capello as next England boss?
Published : 05 Oct 2011 21:31:16
Following David Bernstein's admission that there is no chance of Fabio Capello remaining as England manager beyond the 2012 European Championships, Football.co.uk take a look at possible candidates for the role.
The Tottenham boss is proven at club level and has been a front runner following Capello's failures in South Africa. Redknapp has said that he would not turn England down if they come calling and looks to be one of very few English cadidates in line.
The self proclaimed special one has a collection of domestic and European winners' medals to his name and has made no secret of his love for the English game. Mourinho is popular amongst fans and familiar with the English game. He famously claimed he was 'hours' away from becoming Steve McClaren's successor in 2007 had it not been for a last-minute change of heart.
Former Manchester City boss Pearce has been part of the England set-up for the past four years and is one of Capello's assistants and head coach of the under-21 side. The former England left-back, who will be 50 when Capello's contract expires after the European Championship finals, is set to be appointed manager of the Great Britain men's football team at next summer's Olympics. Pearce recently ruled himself out of the race to succeed Capello, yet if successful with team GB may well change his mind.
Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson believes Arsene Wenger is the perfect man to take over the reigns as England boss. Wenger has come under fire after six years without a trophy and his team's dismal start to the season has only added to the pressure. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis felt compelled to issue a vote of confidence in Wenger in the aftermath of the humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United. Wenger's track record of developing young players will certainly work in his favour when The FA search for Capello's successor.
Big Sam has admitted he would 'walk over burning coals' to replace Capello. The West Ham boss has enjoyed a fine start to life at Upton Park, defeated just twice in ten league games. As an Englishman, he may well put himself in the frame if he has a successful season with the Hammers.
Who's your money on?