Former FA chief: Southgate could take England job in next 10 days

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Gareth Southgate is on course be appointed full-time England manager in the next 10 days, according to former FA executive Adrian Bevington.

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Unbeaten in his role as interim boss, the former Middlesbrough manager appears odds-on to be handed the role permanently, and will undergo a formal interview early next week.

And while not cut and dried, Bevington believes it’s only a matter of time before Southgate is announced as Sam Allardyce’s successor.

“There is a board meeting on 30 November of the main FA board and I think Gareth will be the manager by then,” he told the BBC.

“I don’t think they will be speaking to anybody else.

“I think Gareth is the only candidate because he has earned it, he should get it and he is the right man for the job.”

In a full appraisal of Southgate’s qualities, the ex-FA official also suggested that the prospective new England manager has a big admirer in Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.

“There are number of phrases used to describe Gareth – he’s a bit too soft, a safe pair of hands, a company man,” he added.

“But he is very intelligent and highly experienced football player and coach at international level. He’s the most suitable person out there and the last two months, particularly the performance against Spain, have enhanced that.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with Gareth and his interaction with the players is fantastic. If you talk to him privately you understand what his beliefs about football are, that’s why Arsene Wenger is a great admirer of Gareth, that’s why his beliefs in football are first class.”

 

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