The Three Lions will soon have to appoint a new boss ahead of Brazil 2014 and the bookies have priced up the odds on the imminent vacancy.England are on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2012 after dispatching Wales at Wembley. Whether the Three Lions leave Poland/Ukraine next summer with the Henri Delaunay trophy or not, they will start the road to Brazil 2014 with yet another new coach.
Don Fabio Capello has already indicated he will quit after the European Championships and his departure will open the door for one the biggest vacancies in the international game. Let's take a look at the bookmakers' three leading candidates to inherit the poisoned chalice.
Odds: 8/10 (1.80)
The current Tottenham boss is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Capello, with some bookies offering him as short as 4/7 to get the gig. The FA are keen to hire an English candidate, and Redknapp is an experienced campaigner who has been in management for decades. However, with such a large amount of money invested in the Spurs squad, and after a taste of Champions League football, is he ready to give up the fast paced world of the Premier League to lead his country?
Odds: 10/1 (11.0)
Few would doubt O’Neill’s pedigree in club management, where he has had success with Wycombe Wanderers, Celtic, Leicester City and Aston Villa. He left Villa Park in 2010 after clashing with the club's board over a number of issues including transfer policy. Despite being linked to plenty of high profile jobs whenever they become available, O’Neill has demonstrated his patience in waiting for an opportunity. If he is still available in 2012, the 10/1 (11.0) on offer could shorten dramatically.
Odds: 15/1 (16.0)
'Psycho' racked up over 70 caps for his country and has been widely linked to move up from his post as Under-21 boss to national team supremo. Pearce didn't enjoy much success with Manchester City as a number one before he was replaced with another England old boy, Sven Goran Eriksson, in 2007.
Since then he has been a part of the England set-up, coaching the U21 side and been a regular on the bench beside Capello. Apart from being elbowed in the chest by the Italian, he also led the U21s to the final of the 2009 European Championships, where they were thrashed by Germany
Although his club management credentials may be limited, Pearce knows the international scene inside out. There's little doubt he would grab the job if it was offered to him and is 15/1 to make the step up.
Roy Hodgson – 10/1 (11.0) - His stock has dropped since dismal stint at Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho – 16/1 (17.0) - Special One only wants to coach one country - his own.
Guus Hiddink – 25/1 (26.0) - FA unlikely to go down the foreign route yet again.
Sam Allardyce – 25/1 (26.0) - Turned down for the job before and has a big task at West Ham.
David Moyes – 33/1 (34.0) - Hard to see a Scottish manager getting the job. Fergie maybe.
Steve McClaren - 100/1 (101.0) - Dream on.
Gary Neville 200/1 (201.0) - Yeah right.
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Jim Knight is a sports enthusiast and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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