In news that hasn’t been met with euphoric celebration, the FA have appointed Gareth Southgate as the new England manager. Bizarrely, they’ve decided to give him a four-year deal in the role, which will see him in charge for both the 2018 World Cup and the 2020 European Championships.
The length of Southgate’s contract was presumably decided by a roll of the dice. Four it is, we gotta honour the roll, the FA might have said. Southgate has been a solid if unspectacular interim boss after the Sam Allardyce debacle. Now the FA have given him their backing. They genuinely didn’t bother interviewing anyone else.
Southgate has been managing the England U21 team since 2013 and will now vacate that role. The Guardian report that he’ll earn an annual salary of £1.5m.
He 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’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.”
Watch his first interview as England boss below.