Ex-England manager tipped to replace Gareth Southgate in shock claim

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Wayne Bridge has made the surprising suggestion that Glenn Hoddle could be a potential replacement for Gareth Southgate as England manager after Euro 2024.

Southgate's current contract, which expires in December this year, remains under discussion for renewal. However, negotiations have been postponed until post-Euro 2024 as rumours about Southgate considering stepping down from his national position circulate, Mirror reports.

Despite failing to secure any silverware during his eight-year reign, Southgate secured his place in history by replicating Sir Alf Ramsay's iconic feat of leading England to a significant final for the first time since 1966. England did, however, lose to Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 final.

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There are still prospects of a win at this tournament in Germany, but so far performances have been below par, leaving fans disappointed.

Bridge, former England left-back who played at three international tournaments, appreciates Southgate's managerial skill. He proposes that Southgate could even bag a prestigious club management role, reports the Express.

Bridge noted Manchester United had considered Southgate before eventually opting for Erik ten Hag as their interim choice.

Bridge spoke candidly about Southgate in an interview with Mirror Sport on behalf of Betfred, stating: "I don't think he's ruled himself out of another job because he's done quite well for England in the past. You always see managers getting sacked and then finding another job, so I don't believe he's ruled himself out."

The former England defender has thrown his weight behind the idea of an English manager leading the national team, singling out Eddie Howe for praise and reiterating his respect for Glenn Hoddle. "I've always said I'd go with an English manager and in that sense, you've got Eddie Howe who I think would do well.

"An old favourite of mine, but I don't believe you can get him out of retirement, is Glenn Hoddle. He's one of my favourite managers and with the tactical and mental side of the game, I think he'd do a brilliant job."

Hoddle, who managed England to the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup before being ousted following controversial remarks in a newspaper interview in 1999, is still held in high regard by Bridge for his managerial prowess.

Bridge fondly recalls Hoddle's impact at Southampton, where he turned a struggling side into a competitive force. "I'd love to see it because I had him at Southampton and we were a relegation team and he got us playing great football. We had formations that suited the players, we were up to sixth in the league and I thought tactically, he was just brilliant. I know players that have played under him before and they said how brilliant he was as well."