The FA have yet to speak to bookies favourite Harry Redknapp about taking on the role of England Manager, does this mean he’s not their favourite? The Tottenham Hotspurs manager may well have talked himself out of the race to one of football’s most coveted roles, when he made it clear that he couldn’t just walk out on his team or do both jobs.
His mind and his heart he says is with the Tottenham team; “Just to walk away now, when we’re in such a good position, it wouldn’t be fair, it wouldn’t be fair on Tottenham. I have to really keep focusing on Tottenham.”
Although he’s only too aware of his popularity with the bookies and the public.
Caretaker manager, and manager of the under-21 England side, Stuart Pearce is the bookies next favourite, at odds of up to 8/1. Pearce has some managerial experience and has captained the national side during his 78 caps for England. His club management list only features Manchester City, his last club where he played before retiring and going into coaching.
Fifa World Coach of the Year’s (2012) Josep Pep Guardiola is in third place running to be England Manager, and the first non-national, which is something the FA have favoured with their last appointments. Guardiola has probably had the most success at a club and national level than most candidates, his first season with FC Barcelona B, saw a treble win (La Liga, Copa edl Rey and Champions League) and in 2009 his club went on to win the Supercopa, the UEFA Supercup, the FIFA World Cup.
Whilst Guus Hiddink, a Dutch manager is in fourth place, he is later expected to accept an 18 month deal at Anzhi Makhackala, ruling him out from the England race.
There are a few other outsiders which the bookies are speculating on, including Roy Hodgson, Jose Mourinho and Martin O’Neill, but the money is still being thrown at Harry Redknapp, so we’ll have to wait and see!