Mauricio Pochettino, Sean Dyche and Thomas Tuchel amongst our candidates to take over from Gareth Southgate

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Gareth Southgate has come under increasing pressure in recent months and, despite showing glimpses of form against Germany, his future as England boss is looking questionable.

Whilst Southgate has an excellent record for the Three Lions, becoming the first manager to lead the men’s team to a final since 1966, the pressure is mounting.

The draw to Germany, with a dramatic ending, took the team’s run without a win to six games, had them relegated from the top tier of the Nations League and left many wondering about the boss’ future.

Whilst the 52-year-old’s contract runs until after the Euros in 2024, fans were calling for him to leave very recently and he knows a poor showing at the World Cup in November will make the length of his contract irrelevant.

So who could take over from the former centre back if everything goes wrong in Qatar? We’ve run down some of our favourite candidates for the job.

Mauricio Pochettino – The FA have a history of swinging wildly from one type of manager to another and hiring Pochettino would fit perfectly into that. The former PSG boss is out of work, knows the Premier League and would be a move from a cautious English coach to a more attacking foreign one.

Pochettino has plenty of experience of managing in Wembley. Image: Alamy
Pochettino has plenty of experience of managing in Wembley. Image: Alamy

Sarina Wiegman – Eventually someone in the men’s game is going to have the testicular fortitude to hire a woman to be a manager, and now is as good a time as any. Wiegman showed in the Euros last summer that she has what it takes at the top level, as she had already with Netherlands. The country already loves her and her management so why not?

Emma Hayes – Wiegman has got next summer’s World Cup to concentrate on so maybe she won’t fancy it. Perhaps instead the FA can look to Chelsea boss Hayes, who has an incredible list of achievements with the Blues. She’s been linked to men’s football before and she’d be brilliant.

Sean Dyche – Like Pochettino he’s currently out of work and has a great reputation without ever winning anything in the Premier League. Some people might be worried about the attractiveness of the football but there’s no doubt he gets the best out of players he works with.

Brendan Rodgers – His reputation may have taken a hit in recent months with Leicester but there’s still no doubting the great success he’s had at most of his jobs. Rodgers might not be English but he does have a tendency to rule through emotion, which is helpful for international managers.

Graham Potter – Potter would have been the perfect choice to replace Southgate but he’s only just got a new job. That said, between the World Cup and England’s next meaningful fixture there’s more than enough time for the Chelsea manager to have been sacked and appointed by the FA.

Eddie Howe – Howe had a good reputation for his time at Bournemouth but needed it rebuilding slightly after leaving. The job he’s done in such a short time, so far, at Newcastle United is hugely impressive and if not now then he’s definitely a future England candidate.

Thomas Tuchel – Tuchel was recently sacked by Chelsea but everyone thinks it was a harsh decision, he’d won the Champions League just 15 months before. The German is happy in England but might be forced to leave because of visa rules. Let’s help him stay and appoint a good manager.

Tuchel is available. Image: Alamy
Tuchel is available. Image: Alamy

Jose Mourinho – The Special One has always had a special connection with England so let’s get him back to try the biggest job in the land. His tactics might be a bit dull at times but it’s winning, cup football and you know he’d be good at it.

Lee Carsley – For a long time Southgate did a good job so it’s only natural to get the next man from the same place the current incumbent was plucked from, the under 21s. The former Everton midfielder has worked with a number of the first team and those coming through in the next few years.

Alan Curbishley – It’s been ages since the name that was perennially linked to jobs has been linked to a job, so it’s only right we give Curbs the chance he always should have had.

Harry Redknapp – Everyone expected ‘Arry to get the job when Fabio Capello decided to call it a day and the then Tottenham manager had his head turned. Instead it went to Roy Hodgson and everything went wrong for Redknapp. It’s time to rewrite the wrongs of the past.

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard – A job share; One can stay (at their current job), whilst the other can go (to manage England), that’s worked successfully in the past. Or they make Michael Carrick assistant manager to get the best out of both of them…

Gerrard and Lampard, England's perfect midfielder pair...(Image: Alamy)
Gerrard and Lampard, England’s perfect midfielder pair…(Image: Alamy)

Mark Goldbridge – Anyone who watched Goldbridge’s YouTube All Stars take on Sidemen FC last weekend knows that Goldbridge is the coming man. Strike whilst the iron is hot and get the newest tactical genius in football in the biggest job. If the FA don’t move now then someone else will and before you know it Brian Clough will be the second greatest manager to have never managed England…

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