Arsene Wenger: Is Arsenal Manager Keen On England Job?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, left.
Arsene Wenger, left, with former Labour MP Ed Balls at Stade Velodrome, Marseille, June 11. Wenger is reportedly keen on taking the England manager's job. Dan Mullan/Getty

Arsene Wenger might be willing to take a supposed poisoned chalice in the England manager's job—but the national football team will have to wait a year to land its man.

The Arsenal manager still harbors ambitions of managing a national side, according to The Times, and is willing to discuss inheriting the role from Roy Hodgson, who resigned immediately following England's defeat to Iceland at UEFA Euro 2016 on Monday evening.

The time-frame Wenger wants to make his decision, however, puts the English Football Association (FA) in a bind, with a temporary candidate needed in the interim.

Gareth Southgate, the former England defender, had been the obvious choice and the FA's preferred candidate, but the Under-21s manager would like to remain in his current role.

Hodgson held the job for four years, overseeing three failures of varying severity at major tournaments, Euro 2012, the FIFA World Cup of 2014 in Brazil and then, the nadir, England's desperately disappointing campaign of 2016, when it made its way through the group stages, beating Wales on the way, only to slump to a humiliating defeat against Iceland.