SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 04:  Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew (r) reacts as Garry Monk of Swansea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Which of These 7 Managers Should Be England's Next Boss?

​It's the first international break of the season and now that qualification is pretty much sown up, perhaps we should start the debate over who exactly should take Roy's boys forward after our inevitable group stage exit in France. 


After the failed experiments of Sven Goran Eriksson ("...first half good, second half not so good...") and Fabio Capello ("...err...non parlo Inglese..."), the FA have distanced themselves from the idea of bringing some continental nous to English football. We will never send a throw-in anywhere other than aimlessly down the line and I'm weirdly proud of that.


Until the day that our 'if in doubt, get it out' mentality ceases to exist, Europe's finest tacticians are probably better off declining the poisoned chalice that is the England job. As such, we can probably discount a foreign manager at this stage. 


Which lucky Brits does that leave in the running?... 


7. Tony Pulis

After establishing Stoke City and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Tony Pulis is currently doing a fine job at West Brom and perhaps deserves to be considered here. 


Although a reputation as a long-ball connoisseur does him no favours, you can't argue with the results. Big question: Would he be willing to lose the baseball cap and wear a suit?

6. Harry 'Not-a- f*#@in'-wheeler-dealer' Redknapp​

​After resigning from the QPR job and sorting out his knees, there's no doubt 'Arry would love a go at managing his country. 


Sadly he may have missed out for good when he was beaten to it by Roy Hodgson. Will he remain the England manager that never was? 

5. Gareth Southgate

​After mixed success with England's Under-21 side, Southgate damaged his chances at taking on the job that appeared pretty much his a matter of months ago. 


Despite ensuring England's young lions qualified for Euro 2015 in style, they underperformed, lost all three games and failed to get past the group stage. Sound familiar?

4. Mark 'Sparky' Hughes

​Perhaps an outside bet given his proud Welsh heritage, but Mark Hughes has rebuilt his career after a dodgy spell at QPR. 


Since taking over at Stoke City, he's transformed the Potters into a free-flowing, attractive side. Any man who can persuade Xherdan Shaqiri to move Stoke has to be doing something right, right?

3. 'Big' Sam Allardyce

​Nobody gets more out of mediocre players than Big Sam, so why shouldn't he have a go at managing the national side? His no-nonsense, direct approach would suit an England team that struggles to retain possession against quality opposition. 


However, he's out of work at the moment and his inevitable recruitment by a relegation threatened Premier League cub this season will harm his chances.

2. Alan 'Pardiola' Pardew

​After leaving what is widely accepted to be the second most poisoned chalice in English football, it seems fitting that Alan Pardew should end up managing the national team. 


Since leaving behind those unhappy times in Newcastle, however, he's gone on to transform relegation threatened Crystal Palace into mid-table contenders. They play some lovely stuff, too. 


He certainly has the passion to succeed - just ask headbutt victim David Meyler, or that linesman he disagreed with and pushed over. At this stage Pardew has got to be the favourite in my book, but would he be a popular choice?

1. Gary Monk

​Understated, eloquent and definitely an England manager in the making, Gary Monk has achieved a lot in his short time at Swansea. 


Under his stewardship, the Swans continue to play relentlessly attractive football; a trait which will go down well should he translate it onto the international stage. However, at the tender age of just 36, Russia 2018 might be a few years too soon for Monk. 


I'm going to put it out there: Perhaps a future Knight of the Realm?

An honourable mention here must go to Gary Neville, who, after exhibiting his knowledge and passion in the Sky Sport's studio whilst being part of the coaching set-up under Roy Hodgson, looks well placed to take the big job one day. It's hard to see the FA appointing him this early in his managerial career, though. 


What do you think?