The Football Association (FA) are reportedly determined to appoint an Englishman as the next manager of the England national team. English football's governing body are currently searching for a replacement for Roy Hodgson following their disastrous Euro 2016 campaign – and Sam Allardyce and Eddie Howe have emerged as the leading candidates for the position.
Despite a lack of obvious English candidates for the job, the FA will reportedly resist the temptation to appoint a foreign manager. And following the conclusion of their consultancy process, Allardyce and Howe are now among their preferred candidates to replace Hodgson.
The FA does not want an interim appointment, meaning Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not be considered for the role, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Wenger has one year of his contract at Arsenal to run and the Frenchman has repeatedly insisted he will not break that agreement with club, having been at Arsenal since 1996.
What's more, the FA will not consider another foreign appointment, having previously gone down that route with Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello. The governing body is reportedly confident that there are suitable native candidates, even though they are likely to face the awkward situation of having to approach an under-contract Premier League manager.
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has already ruled himself out of contention for the role, but Gareth Southgate – is currently in charge of the England under-21 side – remains a candidate, despite previous reports suggesting otherwise. Under the FA's criteria, the new manager must take an interest in the junior team as well as the progression of players through the age-groups.
FA technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and David Gill, an FA board member, will meet again this week to make a decision and outline their strategy to secure their preferred candidate. In an ideal scenario for the FA, the new manager will be in place in time for England's World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on 4 September.