6 Possible Candidates to Replace Fabio Capello as England's Manager
England manager Fabio Capello is slated to stay with the Three Lions through the remainder of his second tournament with them. But after 2012, England will be without a manager and already speculation and discussion over who will replace him is high.
With pressure to choose an English coach present, the forces that be will likely look to the Premiership's heavy hitters to find the next leader of England. Here are six possible replacements for Capello and what their credentials are.
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The Tottenham Hotspur manager has been declared as the likely favorite to be tapped to man the Three Lions following Capello's departure. Redknapp, who has been chosen by bookmakers as the frontrunner, shows promise as a handful of improvements and deadline day moves (including the bringing in of Emmanuel Adebayor) have propelled a slow-starting Spurs to a Premiership side to be feared.
Redknapp has tried to downplay the hype over the England job and has some reservations, calling the gig a "poisoned chalice." But it's clear he would still take the position if offered. As he was quoted in a report from ESPN:
"[But] it would be difficult for any Englishman to turn the job down. I'm not pushing myself for the job; whoever gets offered the job, if they're an Englishman, it would be hard to say no because it's your country."
The West Ham United boss has said that he would "walk over burning coals to get the England job," and was on the short list to replace Sven-Göran Eriksson in 2006 but was ultimately beat out for the role by Steve McLaren.
Big Sam definitely seems to want the job more than some of his contemporaries on the short list, and his motivation to be at the helm of the Three Lions and do all which that entails, for better or for worse, certainly makes him a contender in and of itself.
His desire for the job is also likely to impact his coaching at West Ham—he has said before that he knows his odds to get the job are better if the Hammers are performing well, meaning he will put even more energy into getting the club, now fourth in the Championship with a 2-1-2 record so far this season, back into the Premier League.
The former Aston Villa gaffer hasn't been in charge of a side since leaving the Villans suddenly in 2010, but his successful runs at Leicester City (which saw two Football League Cup titles) and Celtic (three SPL titles) gives him an impressive CV on which to launch his candidacy.
O'Neill was named as an early frontrunner for the England job and his name was tossed around as a replacement for Sven-Göran Eriksson in 2006. His passion and forward thinking would benefit the Three Lions, but the murky circumstances surrounding his departure from Aston Villa may adversely impact his odds a little.
But to his credit, he has the endorsement of Robbie Savage, who played under him at Leicester City and called O'Neill "a legend" and "one of the greatest managers in the game" in a 2010 column. I don't know how much pull that will have with the FA, though.
The England U21 manager is another name that has popped up frequently in discussions about a replacement for Fabio Capello. He says he doesn't want the job at the moment, citing his lack of experience, but he's got quite a bit of time between now and the summer of 2012.
But perhaps Pearce's unique experiences are what would make him a strong candidate for the England job. "Psycho" Pearce was a tenacious figure in his 78 caps for the England squad, has experienced several levels of involvement within a club (player, coach, manager) and has a relatively impressive record with the U21 team, even leading them to the European Under-21 Championship final in 2009 (they lost 4-0 to Germany).
And as coach of the U21s, Pearce already has an eye out for England's rising talents and can effectively transition young players into high-impact roles on the senior squad.
One of the early frontrunners for the England job, West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson (formerly at Fulham and later Liverpool) has plenty of experience with the national team's stars and, having managed teams in eight different countries (including the Finland national team), will certainly bring in an international perspective and a knowledge of other countries' playing styles, which could contribute to England's success in future tournaments.
But given his recent spell of bad luck, including a downward spiral at Liverpool and only one Premier League win so far this season for West Brom, Hodgson's shot at managerial glory may be diminishing.
Bringing on Alan Shearer would be a bit of a long shot, as the England star-cum-television pundit-cum-Newcastle United manager has the least experience in football management of the lot, and his stint in charge of the Magpies only lasted eight games, with Newcastle being relegated at the end of the season.
But the FA is reportedly looking to start molding Shearer, who appeared in more than 60 matches for England, into a candidate to take Fabio Capello's job... eventually. The English football governing body wants to bring on a younger manager to replace Capello's successor (in this situation, likely Harry Redknapp or Roy Hodgson) and bring another perspective into the setup. So perhaps he's not a name for now, but maybe for the future. Or, there's always television.