With England in the midst of their European campaign, talks over a contract extension for England’s coach Gareth Southgate have surfaced recently. England is set to take on Germany in the Round of 16 of the EURO 2020 at Wembley and it would be interesting to see how Southgate approaches this match. This match is probably England’s best bet to win over Germany in recent times.
Contract extension amidst criticism over Southgate’s game plan
The English FA plans to offer Southgate the new contract regardless of England’s performance in the EURO 2020. There has been some vocal criticism over Southgate’s approach which is widely described pragmatic. Southgate’s England has managed to just score two goals in the group stage despite having no dearth of attacking talent in his squad. Definitely questions should be asked if England fails to achieve significant results this EURO.
Gareth Southgate’s currently deal runs till the end of the World Cup in Qatar 2022 and is shy of 3 million pounds per year. FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham remarked:
“We would love him to carry on, for sure, beyond this contract; we’ll get into that formal conversation after this tournament. But if you ask me now I’d say yes we’d like him to carry on.”
“Gareth has done a brilliant job, finishing top of the group, really solid defence, and he’s done really well on and off the pitch, in every aspect. Our support is unwavering. 100% unwavering. We are 100% behind Gareth. He knows how we feel about him.“
“We feel he is brilliant both on and off the pitch. He’s doing a great job. Regardless of Tuesday, absolutely. Regardless of the group stage of the tournament, we would have wanted him to carry on.”
Southgate has expressed desire to return to Club Management
Southgate was appointed by England in 2016 and since then has managed to steer England in the world cup semi-final in 2018, only the second time England has managed to do so and, and also the semi-final of the UEFA Nations League. However that does not feel enough with the amount of talent and quality England’s team possess.
However has expressed his willingness to return to club management and has been linked to the vacant job at Tottenham, but such reports has been denied.
Bullingham was quoted saying:
“We haven’t got to that, no,” he said. “We’re in a competitive world, I’m sure his name gets bandied around for every job, but as far as I know he’s really committed to the job and I think he’s doing it brilliantly. From our point of view he has our full support and he knows how we feel about him which is the most important thing from our side.”
“I think that the fact [the 2022 World Cup] only 18 months away is also exciting. Also, this tournament being delayed was challenging in many ways but it reduces the gap not only to the next tournament but then you look at Germany [for Euro 2024] after that — it’s only 18 months after that. I think it’s going to be a really exciting three years coming up.”