Gareth Southgate: Can He Return England to Glory?

Gareth Southgate had been temporarily managing England since the departure of Big Sam, and is now officially the manager!

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Gareth Southgate: Can He Return England to Glory?

Gareth Southgate had been temporarily managing England since the departure of Big Sam, and is now officially the manager!

Written By Lyndsey Crocker - December 7, 2016

Gareth Southgate has made quite an impression on the FA and also the England fans. So much so that he is now the new England manager!

Southgate, who was previously the manager of the England Under-21s, had seen a lot of success with only losing 3 out of 34 matches. There was no wonder he was asked to help temporarily manage the England team.

Since his four-match interim stint in which England remained unbeaten it could only have been him! Chief Executive Officer of the FA Martin Glenn stated: “I won’t be drawn on leading candidates but Gareth is a really strong candidate and clearly after the last four games his candidacy has become much stronger.”

Southgate also has some big name fans.  Ryan Giggs has said that he was impressed by Southgate’s  attention to detail and how much planning that was put into the preparation for matches. This would include checking on how players were doing before any matches. Former teammate Ian Wright thinks he is the outstanding candidate for the job and knows he is always up for a challenge. Any man who can captain Crystal Palace at the young age of 24 can surely handle the pressure!

Although Southgate has had a good stint of games with England U21s and his four winning games whilst interim manager, his previous experience is not much to go on. Southgate managed Middlesbrough for three years with them getting relegated by the end of his spell. Not that impressive is it? Soon after that, he started working with the FA on youth development and coaching before leaving to be a TV pundit. Miraculously in 2013 he was then appointed as England U21 manager.

Perhaps there could have been a better option than Southgate for the job? Perhaps there could have been but a lack of trophies doesn’t mean he can’t do it. I think that this will merely spur him on to do better and (hopefully) bring the Three Lions back to their former glory.

 

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Written By Lyndsey Crocker

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