England to consider Rodgers as Hodgson replacement

Date published: Thursday 8th October 2015 9:41

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Brendan Rodgers will be considered for the England job should the FA decide against extending Roy Hodgson’s contract, according to reports.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has confirmed a decision will be made on whether to extend Hodgson’s contract, which expires after Euro 2016, based on how the team performs in France.

Hodgson is keen to stay on in the role, but anything less than a quarter-final appearance would almost certainly lead to a change.

According to both the Daily Telegraph and The Times, the Football Association would prefer to appoint an Englishman but will consider other managers with extensive experience of English football if it is deemed the likes of Gareth Southgate, Alan Pardew, Garry Monk, Eddie Howe and Gary Neville are not suitable for the job.

That opens the door to Rodgers, but also Everton’s Roberto Martinez, Real Sociedad’s David Moyes and even, theoretically at least, Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger. Jose Mourinho, however, is ‘highly unlikely to be considered’, according to the Telegraph.

Rodgers on the other hand has, says The Times, ‘well-placed admirers within the FA hierarchy who respect the work he has done in nurturing English and British talent at Liverpool and Swansea City’.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said: “You wouldn’t rule out someone who is a Scot or Welsh or French, but they would have to understand English football.”

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