Will the FA turn their back on English managers?

The FA may opt for a foreign manager as the search for a new England boss begins.

Will the FA turn their back on English managers?

Sam Allardyce's tenure as England manager is over before it ever really got going. The search is now on for his replacement and it could be a foreign manager that takes the helm once again.

Sven-Goran Eriksson was the first non-Englishman to be appointed England manager in 2001. Despite the move being criticised at the time, Eriksson guided England to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2002 and 2006 as well as Euro 2004.

Fabio Capello followed later and after four years in the job, his departure in 2012 prompted the call for an English manager to return.

Roy Hodgson and Allardyce have now been and gone, and the option of a foreign manager once again leading England may appeal to the FA. Now could be a good time to take advantage of the value available before any rumours surface.

Arsene Wenger is the immediate name to be linked as reports suggest the FA are keen to speak to the Arsenal manager. Since the news of Allardyce's departure Wenger has shortened from 20/1 to 8/1.

Jurgen Klinsmann at 16/1, was previously linked to the role before Allardyce was appointed and may be considered by the FA once again. Having a former German striker in charge of the England team may not appeal to some fans but he fits the bill as a coach who has had experience at international level.

With a wealth of international experience, Guus Hiddink is someone the FA could turn to. The Dutchman, priced at 33/1, has had spells in charge of South Korea, Holland, Australia, Russia and Turkey.

Marcelo Bielsa is regarded as one of the best coaches in the game and would certainly be a bold appointment. After leaving Lazio after just two days in charge because of a disagreement over transfers, he is available. Priced at 35/1 with NetBet, he would certainly bring a fresh approach but as a strong character the FA may have their reservations and warrant him too much of a risk.

The on-going debate of whether the manager of England should be English or not has divided fans for years. The results from our Twitter poll this morning suggest that a foreign coach could now be the way to go.

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