Harry Redknapp has been installed as the bookies’ odds-on favourite to take over as England manager after Fabio Capello resigned on Wednesday.
Redknapp has been the fan’s favourite to become next England manager since Tottenham made the Champions League two seasons ago. His aspirations were strengthened after the Spurs manager was found not guilty of tax evasion on Wednesday afternoon.
The 64-year-old has always openly declared his ambitions to one day be England manager, but the timing is not ideal for Redknapp. Spurs are enjoying one of their best league campaigns in decades and are unlikely to release Redknapp halfway through the season.
Stuart Pearce could be named as temporary manager for England’s upcoming friendlies and is one of the other favourites to lead England into Euro 2012.
The appointment of Pearce would allow England to pick from a wider pool of managers after the season, but the 49-year-old dismissed his chances of becoming England manager last year.
Pearce said: “I believe it’s maybe a job for an older man who has got more experience. At this moment in time, I have managed Manchester City, had a brief spell at Nottingham Forest, and the under-21s. If you amass all the games there, it is less than 200 matches. For me, there is not enough experience there.”
Guus Hiddink is currently unemployed and has declared his interest in the England job according to Sky Sports. Hiddink has an impressive international resume, leading the Netherlands, South Korea and Australia into the World Cup and guiding Russia to the semi-final stage of Euro 2008.
Jose Mourinho is an outside bet and has grown disillusioned with life in Madrid. Real are seven points ahead of Barcelona in La Liga, however, and the Portuguese is more likely to leave at the end of the season.
Roy Hodgson, Alan Pardew, Martin O’Neill and Arsene Wenger are outside bets but are unlikely to take a temporary position due to their club commitments.
Current odds on Boylesports:
Harry Redknapp: 4/9
Guus Hiddink: 6/1
Stuart Pearse: 7/1
Jose Mourinho: 10/1
Martin O’Neill: 14/1
Arsene Wenger: 16/1