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Next Permanent England Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
11 October 2023, 13:50

Gareth Southgate, then-coach of England's U21 team, assumed charge of the senior national team in September, 2016 when head coach Sam Allardyce resigned following the so-called 2016 English football scandal. Southgate’s tenure has been almost great, that is because his England always fell just a few steps short of ‘bringing football home’: The Three Lions were 4th at the 2018 World Cup, lost the 2020 Euros final to Italy and were eliminated by eventual finalists France in the quarters of the 2022 World Cup. 

The coach has a contract with England until 2024, but a bad result during the 2024 Euros cycle may well lead to his sacking, and a look at next permanent England manager odds may be an interesting read for all those waiting to see what’s next for The Three Lions.

Next Permanent England Manager Betting List

Despite his failed spell at Chelsea, free agent Graham Potter is seen as the favourite when it comes to England’s permanent next manager odds. He is followed by four coaches that, at the moment of writing, have a permanent job.

Next Permanent England ManagerWilliam Hill ODDS
Graham Potter7.00
Eddie Howe8.50
Lee Carsley10.00
Pep Guardiola11.00
Steve Cooper12.00

Graham Potter

When Graham Potter left Brighton and Hove Albion for Chelsea last season, many expected it to be the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship. However, the Englishman was sacked later in the season after failing to implement the style of play that made Brighton one of the most entertaining sides in the Premier League. The results were outright abysmal, as the Blues won just 39% of the matches under his command.

However, Potter’s career at the top level is not necessarily over despite him still being without a job. Many still remember his solid spells at Brighton and Swansea City, and his flexible tactics with an accent on possession would make him a perfect match for England, a team that has a lot of attacking talent to choose from.

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe belongs to the batch of young English managers that, unlike their predecessors, prefer tactics over physicality. Despite being only 45-years-old, Howe has been coaching for 15 years now after being forced into early retirement by a serious knee injury. 

The gaffer has two achievements to be proud of: first is taking Bournemouth from League Two (England’s 4th tier) all the way up to the Premier League and avoiding relegation in the first season in the top division, and second is qualifying for Champions League football in his first year at Newcastle United. 

Howe’s football is a tad more pragmatic than what we’ve seen from the other clubs finishing in the Premier League top 4 last season, but that might be just the right approach for a national team. At the World Cup, your team plays 8 games at most, and there rarely is any space for experiments or reckless attacking football.

Lee Carsley

Lee Carsely could follow the same path as Gareth Southgate, as the 49-year-old is currently in charge of England’s U21 side. Some might say that the Irishman lacks experience in senior football, having only held interim jobs at Coventry City, Brentford and Birmingham City, but that was not a problem for the current England manager back in his time.

And unlike Southgate, Carsely has the win at U21 Euros to flaunt, which was England’s first such trophy since 1984. During his time in charge at England’s youth side, the former Irish international has proven himself as an apt tactician who can think outside the box – his use of Emile-Smith Rowe as a false winger was one of the highlights of the recent youth tournament. 

With many players in England’s squad already in their 30s, Carsely may be the ideal man to lead the national team's rejuvenation.

Pep Guardiola

According to reports in the media, Gareth Southgate may leave England after the UEFA 2024 Euro next summer, and Pep Guardiola is one of the coaches that are of high interest to the English Football Association. Perhaps that is the reason why the 52-year-old is this high on the list of next permanent England manager odds.

Guardiola seems to be happy at Manchester City for now, where he has a contract until 2025. However, he has publicly expressed his desire to coach a national team in the future, all while ruling out Spain due to his strong support of Catalan independence.

It would take us at least 100 pages to name all of Guardiola’s achievements as a coach during his spells with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Pep has truly been a trend-setter in top football for over 10 years now, and he has countless titles to back up his tactical genius.

Steve Cooper

Another man that is currently coaching in the Premier League but may be of interest to England is Steve Cooper. The 43-year-old made his first coaching steps in the national team youth setup, coaching England U16 and England U17, so he has a past with them. 

Cooper's jump to senior football came only in 2019 when he took charge of Swansea City in the Championship. During his two seasons in charge, the Wales club finished in play-offs both times but could not achieve promotion in the knockout games. 

Cooper finally reached Premier League football with Nottingham Forest when – at the end of the 2021/22 term – his side defeated Huddersfield Town in the play-off final. The Reds had a decent showing in their season in the top flight, finishing 16th.

Despite not always working with elite squads, Cooper tries to instil a possession-based, high-intensity brand of football wherever he goes. His teams are also organised and disciplined defensively, which may be of crucial importance in international football.