The Football Association does not believe that there are any other home coaches that possess the relevant experience to succeed Hodgson than the experienced Englishman.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn, vice-chairman David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth have held preliminary discussions to formalise a list of criteria for the next England manager to adhere to.
Gareth Southgate, the England U21 head coach, and Glenn Hoddle, who has not managed since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 years ago, are both in the frame to act as an interim manager should the FA’s search still be ongoing when the World Cup qualifiers begin with a trip to Slovakia in September, though English fans seem to be very reluctant to accept that choice.
At 61, the former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham manager is seven years younger than Hodgson and still keen to manage his country having been overlooked in favour of Steve McClaren following Sven-Goran Eriksson’s departure from the post in 2006.
Sam Allardyce is used to working with underachieving teams at the time, and turning them into a solid outfit- something that fans will see as a breath of fresh air if it becomes the case for England.
Allardyce remains an outsider to land the England job, though, with Arsene Wenger and Laurent Blanc ahead of him and Jurgen Klinsmann, currently managing the United States, installed as the bookmakers’ favourite.