Ranieri & Wenger Favourites Contenders For England Job
Fresh reports from the UK say that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger and Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri have emerged top contenders for the job of coaching the English national team.
According to reports, although the English FA has asked Three Lions Under-21s manager, Gareth Southgate if he wants to take charge of England’s first World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia on September 4 and could stick with him temporarily, it wants the two EPL foreign managers, and is willing to wait for them.
Reports say The FA is likely to sound out West Ham’s Slaven Bilic, Ranieri and Wenger — even though he is hoping to land a new Emirates deal.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “We’d like to get one for the first World Cup qualifier — but if we don’t we have an interim plan in mind.
“If you said, this person is an absolute shoo-in, can you wait? Then we are well placed with an interim solution.
“Otherwise you might get a few interim solutions, a few managers to come and help.
“To wait a few months, if that is what we had to do, would be the right decision.”
Asked about ex-England star Southgate, 45, he replied: “We’re not talking about names today but it would be a pretty obvious one to pick.
“We just don’t know yet who the runners and riders would be.”
The FA is still expected to talk with senior players of the team to determine a replacement for the team