Having been let go as Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers intends to take some time off from football before deciding where he will head next. It's a stance that would seem to rule out a move to Sunderland or Aston Villa in the coming weeks. If his sabbatical keeps him out of the action until next summer, though, the options could start to get interesting.
Or at least that's what the Telegraph believe, as they have suggested Rodgers is near the top of the English FA's wish list as a potential replacement for Roy Hodgson. While the FA aren't certain to replace Hodgson after the Euros, his contract does come up in the summer, and the suggestion has been all along that anything less than a quarter-final appearance will see them looking elsewhere.
And this time around, or so the story goes, elsewhere will include non-English managers so long as they have experience working in the Premier League. It's a criteria similar to the way the FA currently judges homegrown players at the club level—they don't necessarily need to have been born in England to qualify as homegrown, they just to have been trained at an English club.
It's an approach that could also see the likes of Roberto Martinez and David Moyes in line for the job, but the rumour is that if Rodgers is still available and if Hodgson fails to reach the quarter-finals, the ex-Liverpool man would likely be a favourite to get the England job. Whether he wants to wait on that possibility, though, is an entirely very different matter.
If he does wait for the England job only to fail to land it in the end, he could find himself in the position where any of the more appealing job openings next summer are already taken. As yet, there has been no signal from Rodgers as to what he wants to do next. Beyond, at least, taking some time away from football.