Southgate to remain England manager until Euro 2024

Southgate to remain England manager until Euro 2024

Gareth Southgate will stay on as England manager until the 2024 European Championships, the Football Association has confirmed.

Sky Sports News was able to confirm initial newspaper reports that Southgate was “convinced” he should stay on as manager, after initially telling FA bosses he needed to take time to consider his future, following England’s World Cup quarter-final exit to France.

Southgate will now remain in charge for England for what will ge his fourth major tournament at the helm.

A statement from FA CEO Mark Bullingham read: “We are delighted to confirm that Gareth Southgate is continuing as England manager, and will lead our Euro 2024 campaign. Gareth and (assistant) Steve Holland have always had our full support, and our planning for the Euros starts now.”

Southgate led England to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia in 2018 and the final of last summer’s European Championship, before reaching the last eight in Qatar.

In the build-up to this year’s tournament there had been significant criticism of Southgate following a run of poor results.

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Relegation to League B of the Nations League after losing twice to Hungary, drawing two against Germany and a draw and defeat to Italy led to serious questions being asked about his future.

But even after a positive response to the team’s run to the last eight Southgate stressed he needed a period of reflection to decide on the best course of action.

“I think, whenever I finish these tournaments, I’ve needed time to make correct decisions,” he said immediately after their exit.

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Following defeat to France in the World Cup quarter-final, England boss Gareth Southgate says he will ‘take a bit of time’ to think about his future before making a decision

“Emotionally you go through so many different feelings. The energy it takes through these tournaments is enormous.

“I want to make the right decision, whatever that is, for the team, for England, for the FA. I’ve got to be sure whatever decision I make is the right one.”

How Southgate came to swift decision on his future

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Rob Dorsett feels Gareth Southgate’s announcement to continue as England manager is motivated by his belief that the team will have a chance at challenging at the 2024 European Championships

Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett:

“The fact Southgate has decided, just eight days after England were knocked out by France, is significant. He’s recovered pretty quickly and there are a number of key factors which have convinced him it would be wrong to walk away now.

“Firstly, the players have all been hugely supportive of him. They were all adamant they wanted him to stay on.

“He also thinks England can win something. And that this squad, with the young players coming through, has a real chance of challenging in Germany in 18 months’ time for a European Championship. If he was to walk away now and someone else was to take that glory, I think he’d be pretty bitter about it and maybe regret it for the rest of his career.

“He spoke with his family about it and his assistant Steve Holland and he decided he needed to, he wanted to, and had the energy and desire to stay on as England’s boss until after Euro 2024.”

Neville: Southgate staying is the right decision

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Gary Neville reacts to the announcment Gareth Southgate has decided to stay on as England manager, saying there is not a massive talent pool to replace him and ‘it didn’t feel right’ him leaving

Sky Sports football pundit Gary Neville reacts to Gareth Southgate staying on:

“I think it’s the right decision,” Neville told Sky Sports News.

“When I saw that it was going to be discussed in the New Year, I didn’t think that would work, letting it hang for so long. I felt it needed to be dealt with and the fact it has come out overnight is welcome.

“It puts it to bed, it allows everyone to focus for the next 18 months. If there is going to be a change it will be after the next tournament, it means a proper succession plan can be put in place.

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“It didn’t feel right Gareth leaving and it also didn’t feel like either he or the FA had got anything lined up, either in their own careers or for the FA to replace Gareth.

“We’ve played well in this tournament, we played well against France, I thought we were the better team on the night and that happens in football sometimes.

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Kaveh Solhekol and Rob Dorsett analysed England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to France

“I know we always want an autopsy, a scapegoat, a blame but it doesn’t really exist for me in this tournament. I think the players, manager and coaches have handled themselves pretty well, accepting that losing a quarter-final, there will be those, including myself, thinking ‘why can’t we get over the line?’

“But having not got over the line myself a few times, I understand it.”

Southgate ‘desperately wants to win’

Gareth Southgate has demanded more focus from England after their 6-2 win over Iran

Southgate has never won a trophy as a manager but despite calls from some quarters for him to be replaced by a head coach with a proven track record of delivering silverware, Neville says his former England team-mate has delivered significant improvement and outperformed more illustrious names of the past who have taken management of the national team.

“This idea they’re mutually exclusive those things and you can’t have what Gareth’s brought – which is respect, integrity, good football, good performances – and then win, I don’t go along with that,” said Neville.

“This idea that this nice Gareth Southgate can’t win a tournament with England, I don’t buy into it.

“We brought in Sven-Goran Eriksson who was apparently a hard winner and so was Fabio Capello, coaches who had success at club level, and they didn’t deliver anything like what Gareth has delivered with England. Let’s put that to bed.

“Over the last 10 years we’ve wanted a better team, a more technical team, better performances, getting to the latter stages of competitions, keeping possession… Gareth has done all those things.

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Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott has enjoyed watching England at the World Cup and says he will have to work extra hard if he is to stand a chance to be part of the squad for the World Cup in 2026

“He has made us feel better about playing for England again, getting our players and our game respected around the world. We’re in a good place. With the women’s success, with the youth team success, England have had a really good 10 years, this idea we need to bring in this hard-nosed, killer winner and all of a sudden we’ll be OK, I don’t buy into it.

“I played with Southgate, I’ve known him a long time – he desperately wants to win. Don’t be fooled by this nice façade just because he’s polite when he speaks to people and does the press conferences where he’s articulate.

“Remember the way he’s dealt with some big decisions and he’s been harder with it than a lot of England managers over the years who have bottled it with big names and put them straight back into the team.”

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