Steve Bruce has been named among the top six contenders for the job of national team coach of the Three Lions, reports say.
The panel set up by the English Football Association (FA) are having a tough job selecting the right candidate that will lead the national team out of the disgrace suffered at the Euro 2016. With the World Cup qualification still in the bag and a total overhaul of the team, the incoming coach has a lot to do, aside managing external influences that are regular with the English coaching role.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce has been linked seriously with the role as reports say the panel would favour an English tactician for the former Roy Hodgson role. Bruce says he is flattered to have been named among the possible successors. The coach is believed to be holding talks with the FA anytime soon. Hodgson tendered his resignation in the wake of the aftermath of the English team defeat to Iceland but five other candidates have been linked with the possibility of filling the role.
Bruce told Hull Daily Mail: “It’s highly flattering and I’m honoured to be linked with it. Whether or not it goes any further than that… It’s the pinnacle isn’t it? To manage your country, there’s no bigger job. It’s all speculation. There’s a lot of people who have written nice things and I’m grateful for that.”
The Englishman led Hull City back to top flight football after their relegation a year earlier. He insists that the FA have not contacted him about the role but he is interested. Sunderland coach Sam Allardyce is still the top person bookmakers’ favour but if the panel will allow an outsider United States team manager Jurgen Klinsmann is favourites to replace Hodgson.