|The FA could make a move for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in 2017 following Roy Hodgson's departure|
The Football Association are prepared to wait 12 months and go foreign in their search for Roy Hodgson’s successor as England manager. Chief executive Martin Glenn said he is determined to appoint ‘the best man for the job’ as the FA chase the seemingly impossible dream of winning the World Cup by 2022.
Intriguingly, Arsene Wenger, 66, who ticks all the boxes for the FA, enters the final year of his Arsenal contract on Friday, so he will be available next summer.
|Wenger (left, pictured with Gerard Houllier) watched England draw 0-0 with Slovakia last Monday|
|The 66-year-old Frenchman (right) has one more year to run on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium|
The possibility that Wenger may take over is likely to excite supporters following the abysmal Euro 2016 campaign under Hodgson, who resigned following England’s humiliating 2-1 defeat by Iceland on Monday night.
He fits the criteria set by Glenn. Wenger, despite his recent troubles at the Emirates, has a proven track record as well as an encyclopaedic knowledge of Premier League players.
However, the board at Arsenal may yet seek to extend his contract, particularly if they have a successful season. At the very least, Wenger will see out the final year of his contract, so he would not be available for England until the summer of 2017 at the earliest.
Aside from Wenger, Claudio Ranieri, Steve Bruce, Eddie Howe, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Slaven Bilic could be considered.
- Daily Mail