Gareth Southgate plans to stay on as England manager until the end of Euro 2024.
Sky Sports news has confirmed newspaper reports that Southgate is “convinced” he should stay on and will notify the FA of his decision before Christmas.
Southgate told FA bosses he needed time to think about his future after England pulled out of the World Cup to reigning champions France in the quarter-finals.
“These tournaments demand a lot from you,” Southgate said after England’s departure. “We’ve done that after every tournament and it’s the right thing to do. I don’t want to think four, five months later that I made the wrong decision. It’s too important for anyone to get that wrong.”
After talks with his family, it is clear that Southgate is convinced he should remain in charge of England and that his contract will expire until the end of the European Championship in Germany in 2024.
Since taking charge in 2016, Southgate has guided England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 final before reaching the last eight in Qatar 2022.
‘No clear successor to Southgate’
Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett:
“If Southgate were to leave now it would put the FA in a very difficult position.
“Their next game is against Italy in Naples in March, an incredibly difficult game that could decide England’s qualification for Euro 2024. So they needed a decision from Southgate pretty quickly. They weren’t about to put any pressure on him. give him time to form his own opinion.
“It’s good news for the England players who I think will be very relieved. The vast majority of them, if not all, wanted him to stay on because of the atmosphere he has created within the group and the success he has helped effect on the pitch.
“What is very clear to the FA is that there is no clear successor for Southgate. That is partly why they are so desperate for him to stay, and partly because he has done very well in taking England to a World Cup semi-final. final and a Euro final.
He really is an FA man, he understands, works and thrives within the structure. There is no clear successor. By committing to England, Southgate gives the FA time to finalize those succession plans.”
Neville: Southgate must stay
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville:
“I look at him and I think there isn’t an English person alive who has more experience in major tournaments, youth tournaments and playing for his country. He’s seen it all and I think he has to stay within the system to shape the future. to give.”
“He’s been there for 10 years, we’ve had a lot of success with the women’s teams, with the younger teams, and I think we’ve had a lot of success with the men’s team. I feel like he’s seen that improvement in performance and culture for 10 years I would like to see him stay with the FA after his coaching role.
“I remember when England got rid of Bobby Robson in 1990. I remember when we got rid of Terry Venables in 1996. Things didn’t go so well right after those tournaments and I think Gareth is doing really well and another tournament for me.” feels good.
“Gareth is an honest man with great integrity who will make the decision that is right for him and the FA. It feels to me like 18 months is good and that Gareth would do this next tournament, maybe knowing there is a succession plan, would feel right on me.”