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Mauricio Pochettino in line to replace Gareth Southgate as England boss

Gareth Southgate’s future is up in their air after England’s World Cup exit.

If Southgate does leave his role, questions remain over who will replace him.

The FA have hired English managers for several years now, but there are very few, if any, decent options available right now.

Now, it has been reported that the FA are open to appointing a foreign manager to replace Gareth Southgate if he stands down as England boss.

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has publicly expressed his interest in succeeding Southgate and ex-Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel is also keen on the role. Southgate is considering his future after England’s World Cup exit, though the FA do want him to see out his current deal, which runs until after Euro 2024.

Elsewhere, ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, 74, does not believe the FA will want to hire a non-English boss but a lack of alternative candidates may force their hand towards the “fantastic” ex-Tottenham manager:

“I could imagine Mauricio Pochettino as the manager of England,” he told OLBG.

“Gareth Southgate will have a big decision on his hands, he will feel if the FA and, most importantly, the players are behind him. If you don’t have the backing of the players then it’s a very difficult situation.

“Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel are two very good names, but I hope England keep Southgate for another two years, why not keep him?

“England will always want an English manager in charge, it’s in their blood. We foreign managers who have been in that job always were criticised for not being English. If I was the FA, my number one priority would be to keep Southgate, because I don’t know what English manager would be available to take over.”

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