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Wednesday, February 3, 1999 Published at 11:19 GMT


Sport: Football

Waiting in the wings

Hoddle has gone - whose turn now?

Who do you think should take over permanently as England coach? Click here to send us your views.

England coach Glenn Hoddle has been sacked following his controversial comments about disabled people.

The England job is said to be the pinnacle of a manager's career, but some have found life at the top far from comfortable.

Don Revie, Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor all suffered at the hands of the media, and Hoddle's rough ride since last summer will not have added to the job's appeal.

So who is in the frame now Hoddle's reign has come to an end?

HOWARD WILKINSON


[ image: Wilkinson: Feet under the table at Lancaster Gate]
Wilkinson: Feet under the table at Lancaster Gate
A clear favourite to take over as caretaker, as Joe Mercer did when Sir Alf Ramsey stepped down in 1974.

Wilkinson, 55, began his managerial career with non-league Boston, before moving on to Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds.

He took Leeds back to the top flight in 1990 and two years later came his greatest achievement when they won the First Division title.

Appointed FA technical director after losing the Leeds job, but kept his coaching 'hat' on with the England under-18s. Could also be a candidate to take over the senior side on a permanent basis.

BRYAN ROBSON

The Middlesbrough boss has ruled himself out of contention saying that he wants more experience of club management.

The former England captain was part of the backroom team under Terry Venables and is the current bookmakers favourite.

His chairman at Middlesbrough, Steve Gibson, has repeatedly insisted Robson is staying at the Riverside but the temptation of taking charge of the national team may be too much for him to resist.

Even though he signed a new five-year contract with Boro earlier this season. In spite of his denial of interest on Tuesday, that may change now that the vacancy formally exists.

KEVIN KEEGAN


[ image: Keegan: Football with a smile]
Keegan: Football with a smile
The current Fulham manager has ruled himself out of the England job saying that he would prefer to stay at the south London club.

"I couldn't just walk away even though part of me does fancy having a go at the England job.

"I have made a commitment to Fulham and I will remain loyal. All of us at the club are building something exciting."

Keegan won just about everything during a playing career which took him to Liverpool, Hamburg and Newcastle.

A member of England's 1982 World Cup squad, but injury reduced him to little more than a spectator's role in Spain.

He returned to Newcastle as manager in 1992 and underlined his status as a Geordie hero by producing a team notable for flair and excitement, but the Premiership title eluded him.

Keegan was persuaded to return to the game by Fulham and took up the managerial reins when Ray Wilkins left Craven Cottage.

They are favourites for promotion to Division One this season and knocked Southampton and Aston Villa out of the FA Cup.

TERRY VENABLES


[ image: Venables: A second chance?]
Venables: A second chance?
Enjoyed a relatively successful three-year spell as England coach, but dogged by off-the-field problems regarding his financial affairs.

Led the team to the semi-finals of Euro 96 on home soil, only to lose out to Germany in a penalty shoot-out.

Subsequently took over as Australian coach and came agonisingly close to a place in last summer's World Cup finals.

Spells with Portsmouth and Crystal Palace have proved unfulfilling and he is free to take on the England job again - if asked to do so.

OTHERS

Alex Ferguson - the Manchester United manager's record puts him head and shoulders above any other in English football.

Had a short spell in charge of Scotland, but it would take something special to persuade him to leave Old Trafford.

Roy Hodgson - Widely respected throughout Europe. Formerly Swiss national manager, he also led Inter Milan before taking over at Blackburn Rovers.

Rovers qualified for Europe after finishing sixth last season, but failed to make an impression in the UEFA Cup. Poor league form led to Hodgson's exit earlier this season.

David Platt - Another former England captain, he retired last season after a career which took him to leading clubs in England and Italy.

Promised to learn from the best before embarking on a coaching career, but could not resist the chance to return to former club Sampdoria.

Platt only lasted a torrid seven weeks in Italy and returned back to England on the same day as Hoddle was sacked.

Arsene Wenger - Led Arsenal to the double last season and was favourite to succeed Aime Jacquet when he stood down after leading France to World Cup glory.

Was Glenn Hoddle's mentor at Monaco, but if the lure of the French national job could not tempt Wenger, surely any approach from the FA would be a forlorn one?

Gerard Houllier - Left in sole charge of team affairs at Liverpool and says that he will stay at Anfield.

The Frenchman is a former manager of the Frrench national side said: "I am not interested. I am very happy at Liverpool and only concerned in getting on with the job I have started here."

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