So – Roy Hodgson has quit after what was a dreadful three or four performances at Euro 2016. We may have won 10/10 in qualifying, but once again most of the squad froze on the big stage, which was infuriating given the pool of young, talented players on offer.
Hodgson was likely to go anyway – had he actually stayed I think I’d have been furious as he isn’t good enough anymore, which was well proven! Odds have already been put up for the next permanent manager – and there are the usual suspects!
Glenn Hoddle is 2nd favourite, but he wouldn’t be great. There are also a lot of managers already in employment – Allardyce, Howe, Pardew, Southgate etc. Then there are a few foreign options such as Klinsmann, Benitez and Blanc. For me, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of value – Southgate is unlikely to leave his cushty job as the Under 21 manager, while the likes of Howe and Pardew (got forbid) probably won’t want to leave their club sides. Pardew is one that might consider it as he is having a bad spell at Palace.
One that catches my eye is Alan Shearer – he applied for it last time, and is very interested again, as he made clear on BBC last night. Many have mentioned the fact he has no experience, and that his only previous job was taking Newcastle down, but consider that was 8 years ago, in an 8 game spell with an injury hit club, with Iain Dowie alongside him – so pretty much doomed but had to try as it’s his hometown club!
He is 12/1 at the moment, down from 89/1 last night – and given fact that the likes of Rijkaard started off as an international manager with no experience, as well as a raft of others also starting with minimal experience at any level, he might be worth considering – judging as he has worked with many great managers such as Sir Bobby Robson and Glenn Roeder (2nd ones a joke…obviously). It’s nearly 10 years since he retired, so maybe it’s time for him to step off the MOTD sofa, and do something he feels he will succeed at.
He’s a no-nonsense character – I think he’d drop a few that need dropping and give those worthy of the shirt a spot, such as Drinkwater, Noble and Townsend. I hope he applies for it again!
12/1 is Bet365 odds – he is higher elsewhere, so I maybe tempted to whack a few quid on! SkyBet are 6/1, William Hill 8/1.