Robbie Fowler backs ex-Celtic and Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill to replace Roy Hodgson

Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O'Neill

Robbie Fowler believes that Martin O’Neill would be the ideal replacement for Roy Hodgson.

Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O'Neill

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes that former Celtic and Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neil would be a good replacement for Roy Hodgson at the helm of the England national team.

England suffered a humiliating exit from the European Championships at the hands of minnows Iceland and as a result, it was no surprise to see manager Roy Hodgson resigning following the embarrassment.

The likes of Glenn Hoddle, Gareth Southgate, Alan Pardew, Jurgen Klinsmann and Sam Allardyce are just some of the names being bandied about as potential replacements for Hodgson while reports linking Arsene Wenger to the England post have also been gathering steam in recent times.

Robbie Fowler England

Former England international Robbie Fowler has now gone on to have his say regarding who the next Three Lions manager should be and has surprisingly put forward the name of current Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill.

Fowler, who has also backed Wenger, stated that England need a manager with a bit of character and explained that O’Neill would be the ideal appointment.

The 41-year-old said when asked if O'Neill would a good choice for England, “He (O’Neill) probably would be. I think, in terms of characters, him and Arsene Wenger are chalk and cheese. Arsene will sit and is very reserved - I love managers like Martin O’Neill.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

“That’s why, if Arsene Wenger was to get it, then you’d probably need someone with a bit of character to do all this on the touchline, someone showing passion in the way the fans want to see because it can galvanise them as well.

“Certainly, Martin O’Neill has got that, he will be on the touchline playing the game and, as a player, you want to see that.”

O’Neill signed a two year extension with the Republic of Ireland national team only last month and it will certainly take a huge offer from England to lure the 64-year-old away from his current managerial position.

Former Liverpool footballer Robbie Fowler

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