Next Permanent England Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
04 August 2023 07:59

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 Manager William Hill ODDS
Graham Potter 6.0
Lee Carsley 7.0
Mauricio Pochettino 9.0
Thomas Tuchel 10.0
Eddie Howe 10.0

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.

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.

Mauricio Pochettino

Moving on to Mauricio Pochettino, it bears noting that William Hill's odds on this one may be a bit outdated as the Argentinian coach has recently started a new job at Chelsea, making him no longer available for instant hire. England would have to hope that the 51-year-old does a poor job at Stamford Bridge if they want to make an approach for him now, and Paddy Power offer 1.07 odds that Pochettino will still be in Charge at Chelsea by December 25, 2023. 

On paper, though, the 51-year-old would be a great candidate for the Three Lions thanks to his long experience in England (Southampton 2013-14, Tottenham Hotspur 2014-2019). 

Besides, Pochettino already knows many England internationals – Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse among others – personally, having coached them at his previous clubs. Most importantly, England's captain, Harry Kane, spent his prime years under the guidance of Pochettino, and a reunion may help get the best out of Kane's final years.

Thomas Tuchel

Similar to Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel was available for hire a few months back but that is no longer the case. The German tactician moved back to Germany in March, assuming the head coach role at Bayern Munich. Tuchel brought the Bavarians the Bundesliga title in his first months at the club, and with a contract until 2025, it’s difficult to imagine him leaving Allianz Arena soon.

But contractual obligations aside, Tuchel is certainly among the best fits for the England job. Tuchel always tries to find an individual approach to all of his opponents and re-builds his teams accordingly – this is exactly what allowed the German to beat Pep Guardiola in the 2021 Champions League final.

Of course, he already knows the country, having worked at Chelsea for 18 months, and has coached some of personally trained the likes of Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and others. 

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.