London - Bookmakers'
favourite Gareth Southgate was on Thursday reportedly ruled out of
taking over as Roy Hodgson's successor as England manager.
Various reports in the British media suggested the England Under-21s
boss had no interest in taking over from Hodgson after the team's dismal
Euro 2016 display.
Nor has he been contacted by the English Football Association whose
outgoing chairperson Greg Dyke even questioned why anyone would possibly
want the job in the first place.
"It's got to be somebody who really knows English football," said
Dyke, who leaves the FA next month, as reported by The Guardian.
"But there are loads of them now, more of them than there are English.
"You need someone who knows about English football. But Martin
(Glenn, FA chief executive) made clear you go for the best person. The
harder question is why anybody would want it."
In the aftermath of England's embarrassing early exit after Monday's
humiliating 2-1 loss to minnows Iceland in the last 16 saw Southgate
being touted as a caretaker coach by Glenn.
The 45-year-old Southgate had an unremarkable spell as manager of
Middlesbrough but is perhaps best known for missing a spot-kick in the
Euro 96 semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat against Germany.
He was made the strong 2-1 favourite with the British bookmakers to take over one of the toughest posts in the game.
Despite his apparent disinterest Southgate still heads the betting
from ex-England manager Glenn Hoddle, United States boss Jurgen
Klinsmann and Sunderland's Sam Allardyce.
The latter would be former FA chairperson David Bernstein's choice if they plumped for a home-grown boss,
"I'm not saying we should have an English manager," he told the Daily
Telegraph. "But, of the English managers, I actually would go for Sam
"He's a very powerful character. I think he's got the personality,
the strength, he's a good technical manager, he's very experienced and
he's someone who perhaps could imbue confidence.
"Because, clearly among other things, there's a psychological problem
with our players, where they seem to get to a stage with international
football where they just can't cope, and that's manifest time and time
again, year after year, in individual errors which you just wouldn't
expect from players.
"You had Steven Gerrard's error at the World Cup last time which cost
us, you've got goalkeeping errors. A general psychological malaise
seems to overcome them. They seem to freeze.
"Someone like Sam Allardyce may have that personality and strength to
do a little bit of what has happened to the England rugby team."
Bernstein was FA chairman when Hodgson was named manager in 2012, but
despite back-to-back early exits from major tournaments has no regrets.
"I believe we ended up with the best candidate, someone who's
extremely credible, who had taken Switzerland to third in the world, who
had international experience therefore, and who had a good club
record," he said.
"I'd in no way go back on the exercise that we did and I'm very sorry and surprised the way it's finished."