Football

Southgate turns down England job

Rodgers also rules himself out, but Scolari is keen

England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate has no interest in succeeding Roy Hodgson, according to reports.

England's humiliating Euro 2016 last-16 exit to Iceland on Monday led to the well-travelled 68-year-old's immediate resignation and left the national game in a state of flux.

Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn suggested on Tuesday that it could take as long as a year to name a permanent successor, saying Under-21s manager Southgate (left) would be a "pretty obvious" interim solution.

NO INTEREST

However, it was widely reported yesterday that Southgate has no interest in succeeding Hodgson, nor has he been contacted by the FA.

Those reports saw the odds drift on him becoming England manager, although the man who led the Under-21s to Toulon Tournament glory last month remains the favourite ahead of ex-England manager Glenn Hoddle, United States boss Juergen Klinsmann and Sunderland's Sam Allardyce.

FA chief executive Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth are to meet later this week to discuss the role further.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has also ruled himself out of the running, insisting he has just landed his "dream job" at Parkhead.

The Northern Irishman was appointed as the new manager of Celtic only at the end of last month, and is solely focused on the Scottish Premiership club, who are continuing preparations for their upcoming Champions League qualifier with a friendly against NK Celje in Slovenia.

"It shows you what the world of football is now, the gossip and speculation that go on," Rodgers said.

"I've just landed my dream job. The team I've supported all my life.

"I haven't even walked out for my first game...

"Is it flattering? It's football.

"There are very few professions where one minute you're up, then down, then up again - that's just how it goes."

One coach who has thrown his hat in the ring to become the next England boss is former Brazil and Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari - a decade after turning the job down.

The 67-year-old, currently coaching Guangzhou Evergrande in China, was approached by the FA in 2006 to replace Sven Goran Eriksson, but he turned it down, citing media intrusion.

"I am the manager of Guangzhou and I am concentrating on my job here," he told the Daily Mail.

"But I know the importance of the England job in world football.

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"I've an affection for English football and I am aware of the need for the national team to be successful.

"I understand the importance of an international manager from my time with Brazil and Portugal."

Meanwhile, outgoing Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has questioned why anybody would want the England job - and claimed the players were "scared to death" in the defeat by Iceland.

"It's got to be somebody who really knows English football," he said, as reported by The Guardian.

"But there are loads of them now, more of them than there are English.

"You need someone who knows about English football.

"But Martin (Glenn, FA chief executive) made clear you go for the best person.

"The harder question is why anybody would want it." - PA Sport.

It's got to be somebody who really knows English football... The harder question is why anybody would want it. They get media pressure that no one else in football gets.
— Outgoing Football Association chairman Greg Dyke on the job of England manager

 

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