Gareth Southgate ‘will sit down with the FA in early January for a detailed World Cup debrief’ to decide his England future… with bosses hoping a relaxed Christmas with family will persuade him to stay
The Football Association “will meet Gareth Southgate in January” to see if the England manager wants to continue in his role.
A “comprehensive debrief” of England’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals will be held with the FA in the hope that Christmas and New Year spent relaxing with family will convince Southgate to continue.
Southgate (52) has been in the job since 2016 and has a contract until the European Championship in 2024, but is considering his future after England’s heartbreaking exit to France.
Gareth Southgate will meet with FA chiefs in early January for a ‘World Cup debrief’ and decide whether he wants to stay in his job
Southgate consoles Harry Kane after his agonizing penalty miss against France last weekend
The Times reports that the FA plan to meet Southgate in early January and hope his “energy” levels will be replenished enough to continue as England boss.
As Sportsmail has reported, the FA will need a fairly quick response from Southgate with the Euro 2024 qualification campaign starting at the end of March.
The Three Lions face a difficult opener away to Italy in Naples and then play Ukraine at home, and any successor to Southgate will ideally need to be in place by then.
In the wake of England’s defeat to France last Saturday, in which Harry Kane missed a late penalty, Southgate said he would take time to consider his future in the job.
England boss Gareth Southgate will be asked to make a quick decision on his future by the FA
The Qatar World Cup was Southgate’s third major tournament in charge of England, following a run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and the 2020 Euro final.
Although losing to France in the last eight represents a setback to the last two tournaments, the manner of England’s performances provided encouragement.
But the manner of losing will certainly be emotionally draining for Southgate and his players.
Some England supporters had pounced on Southgate after poor performances in their UEFA Nations League campaign this year, which led to the embarrassment of relegation from the top flight of the competition and no wins in six games.
England lost 2-1 to France in last Saturday’s quarter-final after performing well in the match
However, the World Cup performance has restored pride, as England prepare for another tournament cycle with home and away qualifiers next year against Italy, Ukraine, Malta and North Macedonia.
Southgate waited four months to recommit after last year’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, signing a two-year contract extension last November.
But time will be of the essence this time with Southgate determined not to leave the FA in the lurch just two months before the start of European Championship qualification.
The FA have no succession plans in place and a dearth of credible English candidates, with Eddie Howe and Graham Potter (pictured) committed to Newcastle and Chelsea respectively
The two leading English candidates to replace Southgate if he retires are Graham Potter and Eddie Howe, but they work at Chelsea and Newcastle United respectively.
The FA are open to foreign candidates with Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel two names in the frame.