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Favourites to become next England manager revealed

The favourites to become next England manager has been revealed after Gareth Southgate’s side failed to make the Nations League finals.

Since England’s 2-0 defeat against Belgium, debates have been raised on whether he should remain in charge or not, and there is a clear favourite.

Southgate took the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the World Cup back in 2018, and also secured next summer’s postponed Euros having won seven of their eight group matches and scoring a total of 37 goals.

So who are favourites to become the next England manager… take a look at the odds revealed according to Betfair below…

6) Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard is currently manager of Chelsea, just his second club of his short managerial career, previously managing Derby County.

In his first spell in charge, managing the Rams, signing a three year deal in May 2018, guided the club to the Championship playoffs, finishing 6th.

In the semi-finals, Derby overturned a 1-0 home loss to go on and win 4–2 away against Leeds United – winning 4–3 on aggregate, though they then lost 2-1 to Aston Villa in the final.

The season ended and Lampard was heavily linked with the vacant managerial spot at former club Chelsea. On the 25th of June 2019, Derby granted Lampard permission to hold talks with the Chelsea bosses over said position. It was a tough start, before it gradually got better, form picked up and he started picking up Premier League manager of the month awards.

For 19/20, they finished 4th in the Premier League table, runners-up in the FA Cup, got to the Fourth Round in the EFL Cup, round of 16 in the Champions League and runners up in the Super Cup.

Betfair odds: 12/1

5) Steven Gerrard

Former Liverpool and England player Steven Gerrard has spent three seasons at Ibrox in what is his first major coaching position.

He failed to prevent Celtic winning the Scottish Premiership in the last two campaigns, but now looks on course to do it at the third attempt.

Now Gerrard has caught the eye of plenty from clubs in the second tier of English football.

Bristol City had been interested in him when they said goodbye to Lee Johnson, before Dean Holden took over instead.

Gerrard declined the opportunity, instead choosing to remain at the Scottish giants and endure another campaign at Rangers.

After retiring in 2016 he then went into coaching with the Liverpool academy before getting the chance to prove himself in May 2018.

He is yet to win a trophy for Rangers, however his achievement will be narrowing the gap on Old Firm rivals Celtic, as they hope they can stopped Neil Lennon’s side from winning an historic tenth title in a row.

He signed a new contract last December to remain with them until at least the summer of 2024.

There were rumours in May 2020, that Gerrard was considering his future at the club.

However the ex-England international came out and revealed has no intention of leaving Rangers in the “near future” unless the Ibrox club sacks him.

Gerrard, who has ambitions to become Liverpool boss one day, told The Times: “If people think I am going to leave Rangers in the near future because it is my decision, and I don’t want to be there, then that opinion is wrong.

“In terms of me being proud and happy to be the manager, and wanting to move the club forward and improve it, then I am all in. It was always going to be a job where I had to learn on the go.

“Now, I never for one moment thought I was going to get everything right and everything was going to be positive.”

Derby County have most recently been linked with him following Phillip Cocu’s departure in November 2020.

Betfair odds: 12/1

4) Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder is currently manager of Sheffield United, who were close to clinching the European spots in 2019/20, however for 2020/21, they sit a disappointing 19th place.

He’s earned the reputation as one of the best managers in English football according to some, after enjoying success in every job since he started with Alfreton Town in the Northern Counties East League.

His extensive professional playing career saw spells at Sheffield United (twice), Rotherham United, Notts County, Bradford City, Brighton & Hove Albion and FC Halifax Town. He also had loan spells at five clubs.

After retiring, he became a manager and was in charge of Alfreton Town, FC Halifax Town (their last manager before liquidation), Oxford United and Northampton Town before his appointment at Sheffield United.

He won promotion from the Conference with Oxford through the playoffs in 2010, from League Two as champions with Northampton in 2016, from League One with Sheffield United as champions in 2017, and from the Championship with the same club two years later.

After leading his boyhood Blades to two promotions in three years, they sat seventh in the Premier League table when the season was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, going on to finish 9th.

He spoke in April 2020 on being linked for the England job though he remains coy.

When asked about the possibility of one day managing England, Wilder chuckled: “I’ve got all on with Sheffield United and trying to stay in the Premier League!

“I know what the game’s about. It’s the first season in the Premier League for me and the players.

“It’s been a brilliant journey and I’m enormously proud of the players and what they’ve achieved. But the key now, as everyone knows, is staying there. We’ve done great for three-quarters of a season and we’d love to finish it off on the front foot and go again.

“My personal ambition and of the club is to establish in the Premier League, so games against Liverpool and Manchester City and Arsenal and Man United are games set in the stone year in year out.

“That’s always got to be my focus.”

Is his job at risk should they get in a real relegation battle this season?

Betfair odds: 11/1

3) Graham Potter

He’s the current manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, who sit 16th in the Premier League table as things stand.

It’s the third club of his managerial career, and in his first season as their manager, he’s had success in recording the Seagulls highest points and goals in the Premier League, collecting 41 points and scoring 39, finishing in 15th – joint highest finish along with the 2017–18 season – after a 2–1 away win over Burnley on the last game of the season.

They have had a tough start the current campaign, taking six points from eight games, winning one, drawing three and losing four.

He’s previously managed Östersund and Swansea City. He won three promotions and the Svenska Cupen with Östersund, leading them to the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League knockout stage. He was appointed manager of Swansea in June 2018, reached the quarter-finals of the 2018–19 FA Cup and finished 10th in the Championship before Brighton snatched him.

Betfair odds: 7/1

2) Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe has been linked with many clubs for the manager’s position for however long he stays unemployed.

The 42-year-old guided the Cherries to more than 450 games across two spells spanning more than a decade but stepped down this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

Their five-year stay in the top flight ended despite a 3-1 win at Everton on the final day of the season.

Howe also made more than 300 appearances as a player in the famous red and black stripes.

Howe was initially appointed AFC Bournemouth caretaker manager in December 2008, with the club sitting on -17 points at the bottom of the Football League.

Against all the odds he secured their safety and followed it with promotion from League Two the following season.

After a brief spell in charge of Burnley, a masterstroke from owner Maxim Demin bought Howe back to Dorset, and he then proceeded to achieve two further promotions in three seasons, leading the Cherries to the Premier League, where they remained for five years.

Betfair odds: 7/1

1) Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche recently celebrated eight years in charge at Turf Moor, a length of time rare to come by these days in English football.

In that time the Burnley chief has been linked with a host of jobs while speculation earlier this year suggested he was ready to call time on his career.

But he has remained in the club’s hot seat and is the longest-serving manager in the Premier League.

However with the Clarets bottom of the league, frustration is growing and he is far from happy with the amount he’s able to spend on transfers. Though there are talks of a takeover at Turf Moor, time will tell on that one.

His best season at the club was in 2017/18, guiding the club to 7th in the table and earned a spot in the Europa League with 54 points from 38 games, before getting knocked out in the playoff round the following season.

On being linked with the England job in October 2020, he said: “It’s a completely different job. I know Gareth a little bit and it’s a completely different way of working, not the game but away from the game and having long periods without games.

“Often I think it’s possibly the timing, getting the opportunity, your family/private life has to be in place there is total scrutiny on those jobs.

“I certainly think my kids are too young to be worried about whether their dad is hot or not as the case may be, they have enough of that in their lives.

“All of that has to be factored in and then sometimes just career opportunities, getting the opportunities at the right time.

“But they’re all things miles away from my thinking at the moment that’s for sure.”

He added: “I’m not thinking that there’s anything factual in things like that (the odds) when they go out.

“I’m not overthinking that, Gareth is doing a nice job, going along nicely.”

Betfair odds: 4/1


Arsene Wenger – 14/1
Brendan Rodgers – 16/1
Aidy Boothroyd – 16/1
Jose Mourinho – 20/1
Rafa Benitez – 25/1
Mauricio Pochettino – 40/1
Jurgen Klopp – 40/1
Zinedine Zidane – 40/1
Pep Guardiola – 55/1

Now that the favourites to become next England manager have been revealed, what do you make of it? Should Gareth Southgate lose his job? Let us know!

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