USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has emerged as the leading foreign candidate to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager.
The biggest factor weighing against the German is that he’s a foreigner, which would be an ironical selection during this age of Brexit. For this reason, it is more likely that the English FA will still select an Englishman. The local manager that’s the favourite amongst the big wigs in the FA, is Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.
Klinsmann should have his interview done by the end of the weekend. Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, David Gill, the vice-chairman, and chief executive Martin Glenn have already spoken to Allardyce.
Sunderland are upset about the impact these talks are having on their club, and are urging the FA to make their decision quickly so that they can move on.
A Sunderland statement on Wednesday morning read: “The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager. At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.
“Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.
“The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.”
At this point of the selection process, the other English candidates are Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, former England manager Glenn Hoddle and Hull City manager Steve Bruce.
Then the other foreigners believed to be in the running there’s Laurent Blanc, but it’s not clear yet whether he’s even interested. West Ham have pointed out that Slaven Bilic won’t be interested. The manager believed to be England favourite foreigner was Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman stated that he is interested, but hinted that he will never leave Arsenal before his contract finishes at the end of the season.