Monday 20 August 2018

Gareth Southgate told he could lose every match at World Cup and remain England manager

England manager Gareth Southgate. AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
England manager Gareth Southgate. AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

Miguel Delaney

Gareth Southgate will go into the World Cup finals with the security of knowing he will not lose his job if England suffer another disappointment.

English FA chief executive Martin Glenn insists that they see the competition as an "important staging post in the development" of what will likely be the third youngest squad in Russia, and Southgate's job as a long-term one.

While Glenn said that did not mean next summer would be a "free pass" for Southgate and that they will all go out aiming to win the trophy, the hierarchy would resist any calls for a change in the event of a poor campaign, as they have primarily charged him with bringing through this young group to also marry them with England's series of underage winners.

realistic "We want Gareth there to build for the long term," Glenn said. "The World Cup's a really important staging post for our development, I think. We go out there wanting to win it but also being realistic.

"Gareth has a long-term contract. He's not looking at Russia as a free pass; he wants to go out there and win. But we're going to do it in a way that's sustainable.

"So, we're going to make sure that we're picking the kind of players that can do their best in Russia and continue to kick on in 2020 and 2022. We've got a long-term plan. You've seen it; you've seen some of the fruits of it.

"Long-term plans are hard to defend when the short-term results go against you. No-one wants to have bad World Cup but we're confident he's the right guy to take us through for the next few tournaments. What we're doing is making sure that players that have made it through to the first team by 21, 22, have had lots and lots of tournament experience." (© Independent News Service)

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