Top candidate for England manager job declines interim position

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If the FA were planning on promoting from within to replace Roy Hodgson, they may have to look elsewhere as one of their top candidates for the interim England manager position has turned down the role.

According to the Metro, England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has no interest in the temporary position of interim manager for the Three Lions.

Per the report, Southgate was identified by FA executive Martin Glenn this past week as an ‘obvious’ choice to fill the role as the association conducts a thorough search for a permanent manager.

Prior to his move to the England Under-21 team, Southgate served as manager of Middlesbrough from 2006 to 2009, finishing 12th in 2007 and 13th in 2008. But in 2009 the Boro finished 19th and were relegated. He was sacked by the club in October of the following season in the Championship division.

Manager Roy Hodgson resigned following England’s devastating 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the Euro 2016 knockout round. However, the team will face Slovakia in about nine weeks to begin 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches and will need a new manager or interim manager by then.

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