Next England U21 Manager to be decided after Scotland clashby Jack Kitson / 13 August 2013, 09:41Tweet
The Football Association has revealed that they will begin the interview process to succeed Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 manager after Tuesday's friendly against Scotland. The youngsters, who host their Scottish counterparts at Bramall Lane (Sheffield), will be managed by England boss Roy Hodgson on a one-off basis, while the FA assesses the main contenders for the job.
The race to replace Pearce is sure to be an enthralling one, with a number of managers in the mix for the vacancy. As things currently stand the ex Blackburn Rovers gaffer Michael Appleton is the odds on 8/11 favourite with Sky Bet in the market, but is closely followed by the FA’s former head of Elite Development, Gareth Southgate, at 5/2. Blackpool boss Paul Ince can be backed at 8/1, while Peter Taylor is available at 10/1. Elsewhere BetVictor have the former Man Utd coach Rene Meulensteen priced at 12/1.
The FA are eager to appoint a new boss before the U21s kick-off their Euro 2015 qualification campaign in early September. They have been placed in Group 1 along with Lithuania, Moldova, Finland, San Marino and rivals Wales.
Next England U21 Manager
8/11 Michael Appleton
5/2 Gareth Southgate
8/1 Paul Ince
10/1 Peter Taylor
10/1 Steve McClaren
Odds courtesy of Sky Bet