England draw up 3-man shortlist to replace Sam Allardyce


England have reportedly drawn up a three-man shortlist as they begin their search for Sam Allardyce’s successor, reports the Sun.

Big Sam left his role after just 67 days on Tuesday, leaving FA chiefs scrambling around to find a replacement.

Gareth Southgate, the under-21 boss, will take charge of the next four games, but as England look for a more permanent solution to their perpetual problem of finding a decent manager, they have identified three possible men for the job.

The first is Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth boss, despite his inexperience. Howe’s greatest achievement has been keeping the Cherries in the top flight last season, but he still has a lot to learn.


Southgate and Arsene Wenger are also being considered, though the former has admitted he is not ready for the main job. Wenger is a possibility given his precarious situation in his final year at Arsenal, but there is also one outsider in the frame.

Ralf Rangnick, a relative unknown in English football, is another candidate whom the FA wish to speak to. Currently a director of football at German side RB Leipzig, he has managed Stuttgart, Hannover, and Schalke in the past. The major question mark against him – bar the fact that no-one knows who he is – is his health, given that he once resigned due to ‘exhaustion syndrome’.

Whoever takes the job can surely only take England forward, given that they’ve now reached rock bottom, but finding anyone of high calibre to take it on is going to be just as tough an ask.

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