Former West Ham and Charlton manager Alan Pardew should be the next England manager if past club performance is anything to go by.

England are looking for someone with the ability to cut through to players that seem either frightened or underwhelmed by the prospect of playing for England.

Roy Hodgson, who resigned on Monday following England's humiliating exit from the European Championship, seemed equally dazed by the scale of the task, unable to find a shape or formation that worked best.

Statistically, Pardew has a record to bring to the top job.

The current Crystal Palace boss has a higher average finishing league position than any of’s four favourites for the top job in English football.

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During his time with Palace, Newcastle, Southampton, Charlton , West Ham and Reading his teams have had an average finishing league position of 8.9.

That’s higher up the table than sides of Eddie Howe (9.1), Glenn Hoddle (10.8) and Gareth Southgate (14.7) managed during their time in charge.

However, that changes when you account for the tier of English football in which those positions were achieved. For example, all of Gareth Southgate’s completed seasons at Middlesbrough were in the Premier League while all but one of Eddie Howe’s were in the lower leagues.

Howe’s average finishing position drops to 41.6 across the top four divisions, the lowest of the four favourites.

Alan Pardew is the next best at 24.9 followed by Glenn Hoddle (19.7) and leaving Gareth Southgate with the highest (14.7).

Manager: Average league position

Alan Pardew: 8.9

Eddie Howe: 9.1

Glenn Hoddle: 10.8

Gareth Southgate: 14.7

Manager: Average league position across all divisions

Gareth Southgate: 14.7

Glenn Hoddle: 19.7

Alan Pardew: 24.9

Eddie Howe: 41.6

Away from the data, Alan Pardew knows how to get the best out of players which, as the traumatic Iceland game showed, is essential. Players are scared about donning the Three Lions and humiliations like that on Monday will only make things worse.

Equally, important is that Pardew wants the job – something of a poisoned chalice – and he has shown that he can make a big impact in short bursts – which is probably the closest thing there is to a job description for the England manager.

For the record, also named in the running are former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and, er, current Irons boss Slaven Bilic.