After yet another almost impressively dour qualification campaign, memorable mostly for off the pitch scandals, swathes of empty Wembley seats and impressive home-crowd origami skills - Southgate's England have finally made it to the World Cup Finals. His tactics appear to comprise of boring teams into submission, with no clear long-term plan or style of play. While he did arrive in unceremonious circumstances, his appointment was seemingly based more on ease than on merit. This is starting to...
The 58 year old Italian maestro is recently available thanks to his (timely) sacking from Bayern Munich. With three Champions League wins (the most of any manager) to his name, he is the ultimate tournament tactician.
While his current schedule contains more fishing than football, I'm (not) sure he'd be more than happy to come in and turn the current misfiring misfits into a team capable of competing in Russia.
Having been widely touted as the man to take over the Italian national team after the World Cup anyway, this would be the perfect audition for the real thing in nine months time. Plus, he could reunite with his pal Paul Clement (when he's sacked in December by Swansea), to appease all those patriots at the FA.
Okay, this one may be slightly tongue-in-cheek, but let's lay down the argument. Yes his career has nosedived since his days at Tottenham, and patently he's not the force he once was. Nevertheless, we all know he should've gotten the job instead of Roy Hodgson back in 2012, and he deserves to leave management on a high after his unsavoury spell at Birmingham.
What better high to go out on than leading the Three Lions to World Cup glory, built upon a Crouchy and Defoe renaissance up top. Furthermore, he's got the International pedigree; those two games in charge of Jordan in 2016 have got to count for something...
Oh the Irony. Big Sam, where did it all go wrong? Though some fans may have felt it was a blessing when Allardyce was ousted in unseemly fashion after just 67 days in charge, at least we would have some kind of plan; an identity.
Yes, the football may have been equally dull, but at least there would be a method to the madness, not the current tactical purgatory we find ourselves in. What's more, we would get the added bonus of seeing him vehemently defending his playing style to the global media all through the tournament.
The two-time temporary Chelsea manager's international experience is enough to rival even the most hardened travellers. The man with the 'Midas touch' has had spells with the Netherlands (twice), South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey.
Sure, he wouldn't be the boldest of appointments, but he's shown before (albeit 20 years ago) that he knows what it takes to go far in a World Cup. Besides, he's just a great guy, isn't he!