English FA Confirms Southgate‎ As England Manager

By Ikenga Chronicles November 30, 2016

The English FA has on Wednesday, announced the appointment of Gareth Southgate as England’s new full-time manager. Southgate was offered a four-year contract.

The 46-year-old, who reportedly signed a £2 million euros deal per year, has handled the England squad but on a temporary basis, where he led the team for four games.

Southgate, replaces Sam Allardyce, who was dismissed after just one game because of controversial remarks to undercover reporters.

“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” said Southgate, whose four games in temporary charge yielded two victories and two draws.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there’s huge potential.”

“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. For me, the hard work starts now.”

Speaking on the appointment, Martin Glenn, the FA’s chief executive, said Southgate’s previous‎ experience as coach of the Under-21 side was invaluable.

“We are delighted to confirm Gareth as England manager. He’s obviously somebody we know well but it’s his understanding of international football and the development set-up at St. George’s Park [England’s training centre] that is important” said Glenn.

“He performed extremely well during the four games he was in temporary charge and he impressed us during a tough interview process.”

“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.”

In his playing days, the new manager was capped 57 times by England and perhaps most famous for missing a penalty in the Euro ’96 semi-final shootout with eventual champions Germany,

He is the first former England international to manage England after Kevin Keegan in 2000.

However, he has got an unconvincing managerial experience despite having a three-year spell at unfashionable Middlesbrough preceding his time in charge of the England Under-21s

But he was the unanimous choice of the panel that interviewed him last week and no vote was apparently necessary at the board meeting.

England currently top their qualifying group with 10 points after four matches.

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