The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Football Association are refusing to contemplate taking a leaf from their Rugby counterparts book by appointing a foreign manager to the England job, but the bookies aren’t buying that line at the moment.
In a rapidly-changing market, Sunderland chief Sam Allardyce is now bwin’s clear 5/1 second favourite to land the job of his dreams, with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, a veteran of one Premier League campaign in the dugout, next in the betting at 7s.
However, neither seem quite as strong contenders as US Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the solid 6/4 favourite to grab the gig vacated by Roy Hodgson after the Three Lions’ dismal Euro 2016.
The plot thickens in the Sunday Mirror, with claims the head of US Soccer, Sunil Gulati, will not fight to keep Klinsmann should England come a-knocking, despite the former Germany player and manager being contracted until after the next World Cup in 2018.
Gulati and Klinsmann’s relationship is said to be at ‘breaking point’, according to the red top, which also cites a source saying ‘we want the best man for the job and making a foreign appointment hasn’t been ruled out’.
A third newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, espouses the merits of Guus Hiddink, the two-time former Chelsea interim boss currently out of work.
The Mail believes Hiddink is keen on the job and would be happy to groom a young English coach as his successor, although that trick didn’t appear to work with Hodgson and number two Gary Neville.
Regular sports.bwin readers may have caught a recent article on these pages about the merits of Hiddink, whose record at World Cups alone makes him a contender of note.
The 69-year-old has held firm in bwin’s betting at 8/1 since, with former England head honcho Glenn Hoddle a big drifter from the same price to 14/1 in recent days.