Jun 30, 2016

    Southgate could be interim boss of England, says FA chief


    FOOTBALL Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn hinted on Tuesday that Gareth Southgate could become interim England manager and suggested a female coach could succeed Roy Hodgson on a permanent basis.

    The FA is looking for a new England manager after Hodgson, 68, announced his resignation after Monday's humiliating elimination by Iceland at Euro 2016.

    Glenn hopes to have appointed a successor by the start of England's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in early September, but said that if not, "we have an interim plan in mind".

    Asked if he was speaking about England Under-21 coach Southgate, the British bookmakers' favourite to succeed Hodgson, he said: "We are not talking about names today but it would be a pretty obvious one to pick."

    Glenn revealed that he,

    FA technical director

    Dan Ashworth and

    FA vice-chairman David Gill, the former Manchester United director, will lead the search for Hodgson's replacement.

    "We clearly need an inspirational manager who can harness the big resources that the English game has got, everything we have now got at St George's Park (the national training centre), to make us more resilient in tournaments," he said.

    Raising the possibility of a first female England coach, he added: "As I said, it has got

    to be the best man or

    woman for the job.

    "More likely a man but it's the best person for the job.

    "I don't think we are

    ruling out anything."