The Telegraph have reported that the FA have told fellow candidates that Gareth Southgate ‘will be named England manager’. Bookmakers have been quick to react by cutting Southgate from as long as 11/10 to 1/3 overnight.
According to reports, only a humiliating World Cup qualifying loss at the hands of Scotland on Friday would scupper the plan to appoint Southgate as the next England manager on a permanent basis. Southgate took over in September, following Sam Allardyce’s brief spell in charge. He has led England to four points from his first two games with a victory over Malta at home, followed by a goalless draw in Slovenia.
Interestingly, Southgate made it clear that he did not want the England job back in June, and speculation continues as to whether he would accept to role if he is offered it full-time. Robert Mancini (5/1), Eddie Howe (20/1) and Steve Bruce (33/1) are among other names to have been mentioned in recent months but are set to miss out on the job.
Is Gareth Southgate the right man for the England job?— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) November 8, 2016