Next England manager odds: Potter now just 8/1

Gareth Southgate is preparing his fourth major tournament as England manager and with his contract set to expire in December, many people are speculating about who could replace him should he walk away after Euro 2024. As a result, the next England manager odds have been something work keeping an eye on for some time.

In recent weeks, Southgate has been linked heavily with the Manchester United job with INEOS reportedly keen on the former Middlesbrough man. It has increased speculation around the England job with several managers reportedly in the race to take over ahead of the 2026 World Cup.

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Could Gareth Southgate leave the England job this summer? – Photo by Icon Sport

Next England manager odds – latest news:

Potter remains jobless

We are approaching a year since Graham Potter was sacked by Chelsea and the 48-year-old still hasn't taken on another job. Although Potter's tenure at Stamford Bridge was poor, it won't have been enough to turn potential suitors away, particularly when you consider how well he did as the Brighton manager before joining Chelsea.

Perhaps the reason Potter is still out of a job is because he is waiting for the England job to become vacant. He is considered one of the favourites when you look at the next England manager odds and he would be capable of introducing a style of play that would appease those who consider Southgate's tactics too ‘defensive'.

Mourinho reveals he turned down the England job

Jose Mourinho is another manager who is currently jobless but unlike Potter, he isn't one to hide from the limelight. In a recent interview with Rio Ferdinand on the ex-Man Utd's defender podcast, Mourinho confirmed that he had once been offered the England job but turned it down.

Reports indicate that this would have been shortly after Mourinho left Chelsea the first time when England were looking for someone to replace Steve McLaren. Mourinho has previously spoken about his desire to work in international management at the very end of his career and at the age of 61, perhaps that time has come.

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Jose Mourinho has revealed he once turned down the England job – Photo by Icon Sport

Next England manager odds: Current outrights

Eddie Howe – 4/1

Eddie Howe is the current favourite to become the next England manager with Newcastle's poor form this season perhaps a contributing factor. This time last year, the thought of Howe leaving the Newcastle project for any job would have been far-fetched but this summer, it may be a case of perfect timing with the Newcastle hierarchy reportedly considering other options.

Howe would be a logical choice for the next England manager. The FA have a clear preference for hiring Englishmen after the Capello experiment went badly in the early 2010s and Howe is the best English manager currently working.

Graham Potter – 8/1

Graham Potter would be considered the ‘safe' option to replace Gareth Southgate if the current England boss decides to walk away in the summer. He is currently out of work so the FA wouldn't have to part with any cash to acquire him and still has plenty of supporters despite his torrid six months at Chelsea last season.

Potter will have learned from the pressures of being at a big club and the feeling is that he would be better equipped if he gets another chance at a similar-sized job. Potter would be able to implement a style of play that would see England play on the front foot – something they have struggled to do under Southgate.

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Graham Potter is one of the favourites to be the next England manager – Photo by Icon Sport

Jurgen Klopp – 8/1

Jurgen Klopp shocked the world when he announced that he was going to be leaving Liverpool in the summer. The German, who has managed the Reds since 2015, said that he is running out of energy and needs a break from management. As a result, the chances of him signing up for the England job this summer seem low.

However, say Southgate stays on until after the 2026 World Cup, by which time Klopp may well be re-energised and ready to take on work again, then the prospect of him managing England would be greater. He is one of the very best coaches in the world and the FA would jump at the chance to hire him, even if they have to wait a couple of years.


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Andy is a freelance Sports Journalist with ten years of experience covering football in the United Kingdom and abroad for various publications including the Manchester Evening News, UtdReport and Football Whispers. Andy also has a keen interest in basketball, cricket, golf and tennis and has covered major sporting events such as the Masters in Augusta.