England still to offer Southgate permanent job

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Speculation mounts that Gareth Southgate is in line to become the new England manager, but latest reports suggest that the Three Lions’ interim coach has yet to be offered the permanent job.

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The heavy favourite to succeed the discredited Sam Allardyce, Southgate is said to have impressed his potential employers in masterminding World Cup qualifying wins over Malta and Scotland.

Fresh from the 3-0 win over Gordon Strachan’s Tartan Army, some media outlets went as far to suggest that the former Middlesbrough manager had already been offered the job on a salary of £1.5 million per annum- but these reports are now believed to be wide of the mark.

Sky Sports sources claim that talks on a four-year deal will take place after England’s friendly match against Spain at Wembley on Tuesday night, as a four-game probation period comes to an end.

The Three Lions are then not in action until March 2017, with Allardyce’s successor expected to be announced well in advance of that date.

While initially coy on his future, Southgate has recently urged the Football Association to clear up the situation as soon as possible.

“It will be important for me to know what I’m doing after the middle of November,” he said before the game against Spain. “We’ve got a European U21 Championship to prepare for and the seniors have got their next round of qualifiers in March.

“Of course everybody is going to want to know, I guess, by the end of November, middle of December, where everything is heading so we can decide who is responsible for which parts of the organisation’s work.

“That’s not my decision in the end. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done so far.

“I’m immensely proud to have led my country for three games, with another on Tuesday, and to be involved in an England-Scotland game, which is as high pressure as they come. It’s been a brilliant experience and very, very special.”


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