Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce among bookies contenders for England job

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

England need a new manager after the humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland - and Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is among the bookies contenders.

The vastly experienced 62-year-old led Sunderland to Premier League survival last season and is hugely respected in football circles after stints at Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

Prior to securing the Sunderland job, Allardyce has previously spoken confidently about the qualities he would bring to the England role and keeping the Black Cats in the top flight has further boosted his CV.

Sky Bet have Allardyce at 11/1 with current Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate the early favourite to replace Roy Hodgson, who resigned in the wake of last night's 2-1 defeat.

Bet Victor and Paddy Power have Allardyce at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.

Other names in the frame include former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.

Southgate is highly thought of by the decision-makers at the FA, the former Middlesbrough boss was brought into the fold to coach the Under-21s with an eye on future progression.

Faltered at last year's Under-21 European Championship but led the team to victory at the Toulon tournament just weeks ago.

Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out already.

The 69-year-old former Portsmouth, Tottenham, West Ham, Bournemouth, Southampton and QPR boss said: "You can count me out - I've made it clear how I'd have liked the job in the past but they aren't going to consider me now."

Meanwhile, Shearer has called for a double act of Gareth Southgate and Glenn Hoddle to lead England in the wake of their "clueless and embarrassing" Euro 2016 exit.

Shearer, who said he would be interested in the role but thinks he "hasn't got a cat in hell's chance" of getting it, believes Hoddle, who managed England at the 1998 World Cup finals, should also return to the fray.

The former Three Lions striker told BBC 5Live: "It was pretty pathetic in my opinion. There was a lot of hype coming into the tournament about our young, energetic youngsters, our players aren't as good as we think they are."

Sky Bet Odds:

Gareth Southgate 11/8

Alan Shearer 5/1

Harry Redknapp 5/1

Eddie Howe 9/1

Gary Neville 10/1

Sam Allardyce 11/1

Alan Pardew 11/1

Glenn Hoddle 12/1