Gareth Southgate has said his role as England coach will be “assessed” as pundits line up to urge him to stay in his post.
In an interview immediately following England’s World Cup departure to France, Southgate said both he and the FA “will need time” before making a decision on his future.
But in the television studio, ITV pundits Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ian Wright all called for Southgate to continue as England manager.
Asked if the defeat was a missed opportunity for England to achieve World Cup glory, Southgate said: “We were here to try and win the tournament and we thought we could. With tonight’s performance against the reigning champions we let see we had a team.” that could have done that.”
Asked if this could spell the end of his six-year spell as England manager, he was non-committal, telling ITV: “After every tournament we’ve sat and assessed and thought, and that takes some time to make sure that everyone makes the right decision.”
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But ITV’s analysts were clear on their own view, all calling for Southgate to lead the Three Lions to the next European Championship in the summer of 2024.
“I would like Gareth to stay on for another two years,” said Gary Neville, who spent four years as England assistant manager between 2012 and 2016. it will be a role that the FA will decide in the future. England won youth tournaments in recent years, we won the women’s tournament in the summer, we reached the men’s final in the Euros. England are in a pretty good place, let’s be clear about that.”
Neville also said the nature of England’s exit from this World Cup was very different from past defeats.
“We’ve been out of tournaments in disgrace for the past 25 years where you thought, ‘What’s next?’ We have a great future here and he has been a big part of it,” said the former Manchester United man.
Ian Wright hailed Southgate as the best manager for England since Alf Ramsey, who coached England when they won the World Cup in 1966.
“His leadership skills and the experiences he’s had, what he’s done – he’s the most successful manager we’ve had since Sir Alf Ramsey,” said Wright. “I would like to see him continue, and if he doesn’t become a manager then at least a role at some level of the team.”
Roy Keane said he “completely agreed” with Neville and Wright, adding that he “fully expected[s]Southgate to continue.
“You would fully expect Gareth to stay on for Euros. I don’t see him having an exit plan in mind,” said Keane.
“Is he ready with the job satisfaction? You look at the players, some of them have big decisions to make, some of the older players.”
“I can agree with everything everyone has said about Gareth, he’s done a fantastic job. But I’m sure he wants to look at his future and his family situation. Will he give it a few more years? Hopefully he will. ” .”
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