Former England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce is among the underdogs to replace Mark Sampson at the helm of the women’s national team following the latter’s dismissal from the role.
BBC Sport reported on Wednesday that Sampson had been relieved of his duties as coach of England women as a result of revelations regarding his previous work in 2014 as manager of Bristol Academy, now named Bristol City Women.
The FA recently learnt of safeguarding allegations made against Sampson during that spell, before he moved to become England women’s manager, and released a statement that read:
“It is our judgement that it revealed clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour by a coach. It is on this basis that we have acted quickly to agree a termination of Mark’s contract.”
Pearce is joint-biggest outsider for the Lioness role at 50/1 (51.00) with William Hill, having not managed a team since Nottingham Forest in 2015.
Brent Hills is the top contender to take over at 2/1 (3.00), meanwhile, as the FA’s Head of Women’s Elite Development is already closely positioned to the team, and England women’s under-19s chief Mo Marley is shortly behind at 3/1 (4.00).
One name to keep an eye on at 16/1 (17.00) could be that of former Germany women’s coach Silvia Neid, yet to return to management since leaving that job last year, having won two UEFA Women’s Championship titles and one Women’s World Cup (2007) at their helm.
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Next England Women’s Manager Odds
Brent Hills: 2/1 (3.00)
Mo Marley: 3/1 (4.00)
John Herdman: 4/1 (5.00)
Emma Hayes: 10/1 (11.00)
Shelley Kerr: 16/1 (17.00)
Silvia Neid: 16/1 (17.00)
Sue Smith: 16/1 (17.00)
Faye White: 20/1 (21.00)
Bruno Bini: 40/1 (41.00)
Stuart Pearce: 50/1 (51.00)
Tom Sermanni: 50/1 (51.00)