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Ranking the five favourites to become England’s next manager

Gareth Southgate has come under some pressure following a poor run of form for England, with the Three Lions’ World Cup preparations having been far from ideal following a six-game winless run.

Southgate has credit in the bank as the most successful England manager since Alf Ramsey, having led the side to a semi-final and final at each of the last two major tournaments

However, a poor performance in Qatar this winter could lead to change and we’ve decided to rank the bookmakers’ like soccer Betway five favourites to become England’s next manager.

Thomas Tuchel – 10/1

Thomas Tuchel is out of work after leaving Chelsea last month, with the German dismissed after just 20 months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Friction with the new board led to Tuchel’s exit, despite a successful tenure at Stamford Bridge that brought three trophies, including the 2021 Champions League.

The 49-year-old is among the most high-profile managers without a role at present and has a proven track-record of winning silverware, having claimed major honours at Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

Tuchel is understood to have turned down an approach from Bayer Leverkusen this month as he plots his potential return to management.

Steve Cooper – 6/1

Nottingham Forest have had a tough start to the Premier League season following wholesale changes at the City Ground during the summer, with Steve Cooper under pressure with his expensively-assembled side bottom of the division.

Cooper’s stock could not have been higher before a ball had been kicked this season, having guided Forest back into the Premier League after a 23-year absence. He had inherited a team bottom of the Championship, before a remarkable resurgence saw Forest promoted through the play-offs.

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The 42-year-old is well-respected at the Football Association following his success in coaching England at youth level. He led the u17 side to World Cup success in 2017, with several of that team – including Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Marc Guehi – now full internationals.

Mauricio Pochettino – 5/1

Mauricio Pochettino is considering his next managerial move after leaving PSG during the summer, with the Argentine’s largely unhappy reign at the Parc des Princes reaching its conclusion.

Pochettino has been linked with various roles since leaving Tottenham in 2019 with the vacant position at Wolves one which has been suggested in recent days.

The 50-year-old – who reportedly attended England’s 3-3 draw with Germany on September 26 – has regularly spoken of his admiration for English football and has previously suggested he would be open to the prospect of taking charge of the Three Lions.

Speaking to Soccer AM regarding the England job in 2017, he said: “I think one day, why not? I am so happy here in England, the players and staff treat us very well. I’ve started to feel very comfortable, so why not? One day.”

Eddie Howe – 4/1

Eddie Howe will be among the front runners should the FA decide on a domestic coach, with the 44-year-old having enhanced his reputation since taking charge at Newcastle last season.

Howe won admirers for his work at Bournemouth across two spells, in which he led the Cherries through the English football pyramid and consolidated the club at Premier League level.

He took charge at Newcastle last season after a break from the game, with the Magpies mired in the bottom three and winless across their opening 11 games of the Premier League season. A remarkable second-half to the campaign saw Newcastle finish 11th, becoming the first team to open the season without a win in 14 games and avoid relegation.

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Howe’s transformation of several under-performing stars at St James’ Park – including Joelinton, Fabian Schar and Emil Krafth – will not have gone unnoticed.

Graham Potter – 7/2

Graham Potter is the bookmakers’ favourite (7/2) to become the next England manager, despite taking a new role at Chelsea last month.

Potter’s unusual route to an elite job has earned the 47-year-old admirers, having began in the humble beginnings of Sweden’s fourth tier before a climb up England’s football pyramid.

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Potter’s preference for an attacking brand of football and versatility in switching systems with ease will appeal to the FA, who are well aware that England boast a depth of talent capable of challenging for major tournament success at present.

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