Holland is next in line for England manager if things go wrong
Southgate is England’s third manager this calendar year. He’s the ninth since 2000. And the 19th manager overall. That’s a worrying surge of turnover since the new millennium. Of course, this is a trend throughout modern football, but even though Southgate was just appointed, the odds of him staying for more than a World Cup cycle are low.
Lately, the Football Association has been looking almost exclusively at English managers to take over the national team. That’s somewhat understandable, but with few English managers at top clubs and the rate England are going through them, the FA has been left with slim pickings.
Roy Hodgson came from a poor West Brom side. He was followed by Sam Allardyce who barely helped Sunderland escape relegation. Now England have turned to the manager of their U21 team whose only managerial experience before that was Middlesbrough. None of these choices are particularly exciting, and the trend is only likely to continue.
So, fast forward to Southgate getting sacked. Which Englishman will become the new manager? It will likely come down to Eddie Howe of Bournemouth and Steve Holland. Since Steve Holland will have been the assistant, he’ll be the favorite.