England boss Gareth Southgate refused to offer a firm answer on whether or not he’ll proceed as manager following his side’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to France. The Three Lions were left devastated after Aurélien Tchouaméni and Olivier Giroud goals were enough for Les Bleus to assert victory, with Harry Kane scoring but in addition missing a penalty.
Southgate has a contract until 2024, but has not ruled out leaving sooner than that when asked recently. And responding to a matter from ITV after the sport, Southgate replied: “I believe after every tournament we have sat and reviewed and reflected and we want a little bit of time to be certain everyone makes the best decisions.”
ITV pundits Gary Neville and Roy Keane also had their say on whether or not they thought Southgate would proceed, and firmly threw their weight behind the 52-year-old.
“I’d love Gareth to remain on for 2 years”, Neville said. “I’d love to remain on beyond that whether it’s as a coach or whether or not it’s a task within the FA deciding the long run.
“England within the last 10 years have won youth tournaments, won the ladies’s tournament in the summertime, we’ve got to the lads’s final, we’ve got good technical players, England are in an excellent place – lets be clear. We’ve gone out of tournaments in a disgrace up to now considering ‘what will we do for the long run?’ We’ve got an ideal future and he’s a component of that.”
Keane added: “You’d fully expect Gareth to remain on for the Euros. Obviously, he’ll have an exit plan in his head. You take a look at the players they’ll be making the selections over the following few months. He’s done a superb job but he’ll have to take a look at the long run, the family situation, does he want to present it a few years? Hopefully he does.”
And Ian Wright also got involved, continuing: “I’ll must agree with Gary. The leadership skills, he’s probably the most successful manager’s since Sir Alf Ramsey. I’d wish to see him still doing it.
“If he’s not, he’s going going to administer some role for England at different levels of the sport. It’s disappointing even to the purpose where I said we got here back twice because I could not see Harry missing it.”
Southgate also gave his view on the performance on his side, in a match where England dominated large periods but did not kill off their opponents. “Well I believe the performance did [deserve better],” he said. “Goals are decisive but I’ve just said to the players in there, I don’t think they can provide anymore, they done well against a top team.
“It’s superb margins, things at each ends of the pitch have decided the sport I believe the way in which they’ve progressed through the tournament has been improbable.”