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Southgate tipped as interim boss as England begin search process


Gareth Southgate. Photo:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Gareth Southgate. Photo:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Gareth Southgate. Photo:Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Gareth Southgate is in line to take charge of England on a temporary basis after chief executive Martin Glenn suggested the Football Association could wait up to a year to name Roy Hodgson's permanent successor.

Monday brought the well-travelled 68-year-old's turbulent four-year reign to a shuddering halt, with the shock Euro 2016 exit to Iceland in the last 16 leading to his immediate resignation.

Reports suggest Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Leicester's Claudio Ranieri were likely to be sounded out, but Glenn was not keen to talk names yesterday.

The FA chief executive did, though, concede England Under-21s manager Southgate would be a "pretty obvious" interim solution should they not appoint Hodgson's successor by the first World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on September 4.

Interim Charge

"We'll see," he said when asked of the time scale. "We'd like to get one for the first World Cup qualifier, but if we won't we have an interim plan in mind.

"We are not talking about names today, but it would be a pretty obvious one to pick.

"We just don't know yet who the runners and riders would be. We are going to scope out, which we start at the end of this week with (FA vice-chairman) David Gill and (technical director) Dan (Ashworth).

Glenn even suggested several people could take temporary control in a wide-ranging interview and did not rule Southgate out of the running for the permanent post, nor anyone else.

"An ideal mix is somebody who has had experience of the English game, ideally at a significant level. That is what you would look for."

Glenn has not ruled out waiting until the end of the season should the right person become available then, with Wenger one such high-profile manager whose deal expires next summer.

"It is a possibility, of course," he said when asked if he would be prepared to wait - a comment he later clarified was "unlikely" but not inconceivable.

"If you said, 'This person is an absolute shoo in, can you wait?' then we are well-placed I think with an interim solution.

"You might get interim solutions plural as we have had in the past - get a few managers to come and help.

"It is such an important decision, we have got to get the right person.

"To wait a few months - if that is what we had to do - I think would be the right decision."

Meanwhile, West Ham co-chairman David Gold is convinced manager Slaven Bilic would not be "the slightest bit interested in taking on England".