Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Why Would Anyone Want Three Lions Job? FA CHIEF GREG DYKE; FA CHIEF GREG DYKE ADMITS ENGLAND POST IS A POISONED CHALICE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Why Would Anyone Want Three Lions Job? FA CHIEF GREG DYKE; FA CHIEF GREG DYKE ADMITS ENGLAND POST IS A POISONED CHALICE

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OUTGOING Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has questioned why anybody would want to manage England - while his predecessor David Bernstein argued Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce should be among the leading contenders.

Monday's humiliating Euro 2016 last-16 exit to Iceland led to Roy Hodgson's immediate resignation and left the national game in a state of flux.

The performance was almost as depressing as the dearth of options to succeed the 68-year-old, with Dyke - who leaves the FA next month - appearing relieved not to be involved in those discussions.

"It's got to be somebody who really knows English football," he said, as reported by The Guardian.

"But there are loads of them now, more of them than there are English.

"You need someone who knows about English football. But Martin (Glenn, FA chief executive) made clear you go for the best person. The harder question is why anybody would want it."

It was a remarkable comment from the man who has been FA chairman for three years and set the well-documented challenge to win the World Cup six years from now in Qatar. The gravity of the decision led FA chief executive Glenn to suggest on Tuesday it could take as long as a year to name a permanent successor, saying England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate would be a "pretty obvious" interim solution.

However, it was widely reported on Wednesday evening that he has no interest in succeeding Hodgson, nor has he been contacted by the FA.

Those reports saw the odds on him becoming England manager lengthen, although the man who led the Under-21s to Toulon Tournament glory last month remains favourite ahead of ex-England manager Glenn Hoddle, United States boss Jurg e n Klins-mann and Sunderland's Of very Sam Allardyce. …

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