6 6 Roy Hodgson’s current England contract expires after the 2016 UEFA European Championships, and despite winning 10 out of 10 qualifying matches, the Football Association are waiting until after the tournament itself to decide the manager’s fate.FA chief executive Martin Glenn is keen to avoid a repeat of the Fabio Capello contract situation, where Hodgson’s predecessor was given a new contract before the 2010 World Cup, which ended in debacle but led to the Italian keeping his job until early 2012, despite calls for change.Hodgson’s England have coasted through Euro 2016 qualifying, but memories of the 2014 World Cup flop are still fresh and, should the Three Lions deliver yet another underwhelming performance in France next summer, it would be difficult to envisage the current manager staying on board for the 2018 World Cup.Who could be in the running to be the next England boss?Sam Allardyce, just days after he was appointed the new Sunderland manager on a two-year deal, revealed that he is still reeling after missing out on the Three Lions job in 2006 but would jump at the chance to coach his country, should the opportunity arise again.Then there’s Brendan Rodgers – the recently sacked Liverpool manager who will no doubt be planning his next move. But could England go bigger? After all, Pep Guardiola could be available next summer if he doesn’t extend his future with Bayern Munich…So, let’s take a look at exactly who the top candidates to replace Hodgson are – just click the arrow on the images, above. 6 4. Sam Allardyce – Sunderland manager – The former West Ham United manager recently agreed a two-year deal to become the new manager of Sunderland after Dick Advocaat quit, but has already spoken of his desire to take charge of the Three Lions. Its unlikely that Allardyce is at the top of the FAs wish list, but it wouldnt be a surprise if he were among the candidates being considered. While opinion is split, he did a fine job with the Hammers and much of his criticism throughout his career can be described as harsh. 6 3. Roberto Martinez – Everton manager – Spaniard Martinez is one of the most popular figures in English football management, having spent his entire coaching career in the English game. He achieved the improbable at Wigan Athletic, guiding the Latics to the FA Cup in 2013, and has transformed the way Everton play, earning considerable respect from his peers. His role in developing John Stones into one of the most sought after defenders in England should not be underestimated. He would certainly bring style to the Three Lions and would surely be a hit with the players. However, as a young manager, aged 42, he could be difficult to prise away from domestic football. 2. Harry Redknapp – currently out of work – Back in 2012, then Tottenham Hotspur manager Redknapp was favourite to succeed Fabio Capello, and seemed to be the man most fans wanted. But Hodgson got the gig. The 68-year-old left Queens Park Rangers in odd circumstances in January 2015, just hours after the close of the transfer window, resigning with immediate effect to undergo knee surgery. Having had a break from the game, he could be considering a return to management, and international football could be a welcome break from the intensity of domestic football, but is ‘Arry as appealing after his poor spell with the Rs? And would the FA go for a man who divides opinion so much, and isn’t shy of opening his mouth to the press? 1. Brendan Rodgers – currently out of work – Having been sacked by Liverpool after three seasons in charge, Rodgers will be considering his options, and international football could be inviting. At the age of 42, he is one of the youngest managers in top-flight football and could therefore be a long-term candidate for the job. Rodgers helped develop plenty of English talent during his time at Anfield, including Jordan Hendersons impressive progress and was key in seeing Raheem Sterling become a £50m man. The question is do England want to stick with an English coach? 6 6 5. Pep Guardiola – Bayern Munich manager – With no apparent urgency to sign a contract extension with Bayern Munich, Guardiola looks poised to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season. While reports continue to link the Spaniard with Manchester City, this is far from being a done deal, particularly given Manuel Pellegrini was handed a two-year extension in August. Guardiolas possible exit from the Bundesliga would coincide perfectly with the expiration of Hodgsons contract. Its likely, however, that with no new deal at Bayern, that Guardiola already knows where his future lies. Whats more, as with Mourinho, a major stumbling block could be finances, with neither manager to arrive cheap. 6. Jose Mourinho – Chelsea manager – The chances of this happening are slim, but the Chelsea manager is worth a mention. The Blues start to their title defence has been embarrassing, and despite signing a four-year contract extension at the beginning of the new campaign, his future in west London feels far from secure. If he does leave Chelsea within the next season, the question is where could he go? The England job could well be an option, if not the most inviting.