Sunday 21 January 2018

Former England captain Alan Shearer declares he wants to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager

Alan Shearer's goals helped Blackburn to the top-flight title in 1995
Alan Shearer's goals helped Blackburn to the top-flight title in 1995
Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer

Former England captain Alan Shearer has declared that he wants to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager.

The embattled Hodgson resigned immediately after England’s shambolic Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland in Nice, with the 2-1 defeat against the tournament minnows instantly hailed as the most disastrous result in the history of English football.

England under-21 coach Gareth Southgate is the less than attractive bookies favourite to take over from Hodgson, yet Shearer believes he could be the man to lead his country heading into the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

“I went to see the FA four or five years ago and I said I want it, I’d have that job,” said BBC pundit Shearer, whose only managerial experience came in a brief and unsuccessful stint in charge of Newcastle United, that ended in relegation from the Premier League.

“They looked at me and said I lacked the experience and I said that you have hired experienced guys, you’ve paid them an absolute fortune and I could not have done any worse than those guys.

“I would speak to them now, absolutely. I would offer my experience of tournament football, even if Gareth Southgate got it. For him to take in players with experience who have been there and done it, that has to help.”

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand went on to suggest that no-one would turn down the job if they were offered it by the FA, before BBC host Gary Lineker jovially interjected to confirm he wouldn’t have any interest in the position.

The list of candidates to succeed Hodgson appears to be reasonably limited, with bookies offering these odds on the contenders in the aftermath of England’s embarrassing Euro 2016 exit:

Gareth Southgate 6/4

Alan Pardew 7/1

Eddie Howe 8/1

Gary Neville 10/1

Harry Redknapp 12/1

Glenn Hoddle 16/1

Sam Allardyce 16/1

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