England appoint new manager

GARETH Southgate has been appointed as the permanent England manager, it has been announced.

The interim manager has signed a four-year contract, reportedly worth up to £2m a year.

The former player and U21 coach has taken over from Sam Allardyce, who left the position after he was placed under investigation for breaching FA regulations.

Southgate has led the squad over three World Cup qualifiers and one friendly against Spain, with England currently top of their group.

The former Middlesbrough manager was interviewed on Monday and it’s believed that Southgate was the only candidate.

The England football team have had a variety of coaches this year.
The England football team have had a variety of coaches this year.

On being appointed, Southgate said: “I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I’m also conscious that 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 made 57 appearances for the national side and becomes the fourth England manager in as many years.

Martin Glenn, chairman of the FA, said that Southgate’s understanding of international football and the development set-up at St George’s Park were vital in his appointment.

He 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,” he added.

Southgate’s first match as full time manager will be a friendly against Germany in March.

by Matteo Weeks (@matteoweeks)