The FA is set to install Gareth Southgate as Roy Hodgson’s immediate successor – albeit on an interim capacity.
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has already called Southgate and asked him to take temporary charge of the Three Lions – and he could end up getting the job on a permanent basis.
Glenn made it clear the FA are prepared to soldier on with current Three Lions Under-21s boss Southgate for up to a YEAR if it means getting the right man in the end.
Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri are both on the list of targets they want to speak to.
Sitting next to Glenn, Hodgson – who resigned after Monday’s shock European Championship last-16 loss to Iceland – said: “I don’t really know what I’m doing here. I’m no longer England manager, my time has been and gone.”
Former England defender Southgate is set to take charge of the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, which kicks off away to Slovakia on September 4.
If he does well, then he has a strong chance of landing the job permanently.
Glenn, together with FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth and ex-Manchester United chief David Gill, will choose the next man.
He plans to consult Match of the Day host and ex-England striker Gary Lineker, current senior players and Gary Neville, who has stepped down as Hodgson’s No2.
When asked directly if a temporary manager would be put in place and whether that would be Southgate, Glenn confirmed: “We are not talking about names today but it (Southgate) would be a pretty obvious one to pick.”