Interesting times at England’s FA headquarters, with Hull head honcho Steve Bruce the latest man invited for a chat about potentially taking over the Three Lions hotseat vacated by Roy Hodgson after a poor Euro 2016 showing.
Bruce, who famously went through his career uncapped despite skippering Manchester United to three Premier League titles, plus many other honours, is clearly keen on the post, saying as much to BBC Radio Humberside in a recent interview:
“I think the top of the FA in my opinion should be English. I’ve always said that, there’s nobody more patriotic than I am.
“I’m honoured to be linked with it. It’s the pinnacle to go and manage your country. What bigger job in the world is there?”
After guiding the Tigers to Premier League promotion last term, Bruce insisted he would be staying at Hull for the foreseeable future, but talk of a KC Stadium takeover has muddied the waters considerably, with the 55-year-old suggesting since he could be replaced.
Bruce’s FA interview will have added to the uncertainty, but the Northumberland native still looks a long way off becoming a permanent fixture in the Wembley dugout, with bwin making him their 8/1 third-favourite for the England gig, although that price has fallen significantly overnight.
You won’t get better odds right now on favourite Sam Allardyce landing the job of his dreams than the boys in black and gold’s 1/3, and it’s difficult to see Bruce, 7/1 second-favourite Jurgen Klinsmann or drifting 14/1 outsider Eddie Howe beating the Sunderland boss to the punch.
Whatever you think of the Sunderland gaffer’s tactics, the 61-year-old almost guarantees a measure of success – Bolton and Blackburn fell off a cliff after Allardyce’s impressive stints in charge and both are still tumbling.
Conversely, West Ham and the Black Cats have been stabilised by the Dudley native’s sure hand in recent years, although punters who fancy a bet on Allardyce landing the England gig may find better value in bwin’s 10/3 top price on Sunderland finally succumbing to relegation in 2016/17.