Stuart Pearce has been installed as 11/2 second-favourite to become the next permanent England manager.
The FA confirmed today that the 49-year-old will be in temporary charge of the national team for the friendly against Holland later this month following the resignation of Fabio Capello.
Pearce, who is the current England Under-21 and Great Britain Olympic team boss, was also part of Capello’s back-room team during the Italian’s four years at the helm.
“He has huge experience inside and outside this organisation … he knows the players very well,” said FA chairman David Bernstein.
“I have great confidence in Stuart, we will be in good hands. Our priority then will be to appoint a new England manager … with a total focus on getting the best person in place as soon as we sensibly can.”
Pearce, who won 78 caps during an accomplished international career, is one of a number of candidates under consideration to replace Capello on a full-time basis.
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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been made the heavy 1/4 favourite to take up the reins, despite claiming today that he “has not even thought about” the possibility of leaving White Hart Lane.
Elsewhere in bwin’s next permanent England manager market – which you can bet on by clicking here – Guus Hiddink and Jose Mourinho have been installed as joint third-favourites at 10/1.
Hiddink is currently without a job after leaving his post as manager of Turkey following their failure to reach Euro 2012, while Mourinho is rumoured to be seeking an escape route from Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Other viable candidates include West Brom boss Roy Hodgson (16/1), former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez (33/1), Sunderland’s Martin O’Neill (33/1) and Newcastle’s Alan Pardew (50/1), although the latter two have ruled themselves out of the running.
Punters looking for a long shot could be tempted by the likes of David Beckham (50/1), Marcelo Lippi (66/1), Sam Allardyce (66/1) or Ian Holloway (100/1).
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