According to the Daily Express, the English FA could leave it a year to appoint a new England boss with a view to appointing Gunners boss Arsene Wenger next summer as the Three Lions permanent boss.
A three man committee of Martin Glenn, Dan Ashworth and David Gill are likely to be the men who choose the next England boss.
They are expected to appoint a caretaker-manager in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s recent resignation following England’s disastrous Euro 2016 exit against Iceland in the last-16. The Three Lions face their qualifier against Slovakia in September.
Willing to wait till next summer
England under-21 boss Gareth Southgate is current favourite to take the role on an interim basis, but chief executive Martin Glenn has revealed that a permanent appointment could be delayed if the right person was likely to come along next summer.
Asked if the three man was prepared to wait Glenn said: “Yes, we would be willing to have a caretaker-manager for such an important decision. Even if somebody is coming to the end of the contract in a year – it is a possibility, of course.
“If you said, ‘This person is an absolute shoo-in, can you wait?’ then we are well-placed with an interim solution. Otherwise you might get a few interim solutions – a few managers to come and help.
“It is such an important decision. We have got to get the right person. To wait a few months, if that is what we had to do, would be the right decision.”
Wenger is out-of-contract next summer
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is out of contract next summer and there are doubts over whether the veteran boss will stay in north London beyond next season.
Wenger has been at Arsenal for close to two decades, but has come in for heavy criticism from the fans after failing to win the Premier League title in the last 12 years. The French boss may well fancy a fresh challenge and the England job may be just that.
Gunning for the Premier League title
Wenger’s priority for the immediate future is securing that elusive Premier League title next season, which the Gunners are odds of 11/2 of achieving.
The England job would be an interesting option for Wenger if he did part company with the Gunners next summer. The French boss enjoys working with youngsters and the Three Lions current group of players are pretty young.
Arsenal fans seem to be divided on Wenger at times, so the months leading up to the expiration of the Frenchman’s contract could be rumour ridden. Wenger would bring immense experience to the England squad, but whether he is the right man for the job remains to be seen.
Should Arsene Wenger be appointed England boss next summer?