Gareth Southgate has landed the role on a permanent basis after impressing during the four games he took charge of in the wake of Sam Allardyce’s sacking. Southgate initially took control as interim boss in September following Sam Allardyce’s shock departure. He was interviewed by the FA’s five-man selection panel at St George’s Park last week and agreed on a deal through to 2020, with a break clause after the World Cup in Russia that can be triggered by either party. It is understood his salary will be around £1.5m a year.
Southgate helped England to the top of the World Cup 2018 Group F qualifying table during his four-game spell as caretaker manager, but he has made it clear that qualification alone for Russia and the 2020 European Championships will not be enough now he has the job full-time.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there is huge potential,” said Southgate. He added, “I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I am also conscious getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully.”I’m determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they’re proud of and one that they’re going to enjoy watching play and develop.”
Southgate’s only managerial position at club level was with Middlesbrough from 2006 and 2009, which included relegation the Championship, but a four-man panel consisting of FA chairman Greg Clarke, technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and League Managers’ Association chairman Howard Wilkinson have adjudged that Southgate’s perceived lack of experience is not an issue.
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said, “Gareth is a great ambassador for what the FA stands for, he’s a very good football tactician and a leader, but beneath that he’s a winner and that’s an important part of the job.”
Southgate’s first competitive match as full-time manager will be the friendly against Germany in Dortmund on March 22, followed by the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on March 26.