England fans are divided as Gareth Southgate approaches a new two-year deal … with some fans praising the boss for his progress in the World Cup and Euro 2020, while others fear he is ‘wasting talent’
News of Gareth Southgate’s impending contract extension has been met with a mixed response from England fans, as the Three Lions boss appears to be on the hot bench until 2024 at the earliest.
Sportsmail understands that Southgate, 51, is about to put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension that could see him earn beyond the £ 5 million mark if bonuses are hit.
Southgate has transformed the fortunes of the national team since taking office in 2016, guiding the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final and Euro 2020 final this summer.
England fans are divided by the news of Gareth Southgate’s impending contract extension
The 51-year-old will be rewarded with a new deal following his success at last summer’s Euro Cup.
However, some fans have expressed disappointment at this latest development, fearing that the former Middlesbrough coach’s apparent “defensive-minded” football will hamper England’s great offensive talent.
“You can hear all the offensive-minded young players complaining at the same time,” @ robincharlesw67 said.
“Another generation of talented players is going to waste,” @ Sallis77 said.
Some England supporters are concerned that Southgate may waste his attacking talent.
Supporters expressed fear that England’s agonizing wait for another trophy will continue.
‘Well, they won’t gain anything from him in charge,’ @ManUtdHeStands stated.
However, this view was not shared across the board, with several supporters believing that Southgate has earned its spread by bringing the previously beleaguered Three Lions to life.
“Sir Gareth putting out the best performances of the tournament allows him to continue,” posted @ OLC517.
‘Well I’m getting used to doing well in the big tournaments,’ wrote @michaelkillgallo. ‘Let it last long’.
However, others said that Southgate has earned his new contract because of his remarkable work.
Southgate has injected life into the national team and fans want to see it continue
“Makes sense, considering he’s our most successful manager since Sir Alf Ramsey,” @ C_Anderson1998 posted. “That may be an uncomfortable truth for many, but it is objectively true.”
For now, it is understood that Southgate has his focus firmly on the immediate task at hand, securing qualification for next year’s World Cup, before the new extension is announced.
They can accomplish that feat if they win their next two qualifying matches, starting tonight against Albania at Wembley. The Three Lions will face the San Marino minnows on Monday.
Should his new contract expire, Southgate will have spent 13 years with the Football Association, including his previous stints as head of elite development and under-21 coach.
Southgate’s immediate focus is to secure qualification for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Eight years as Three Lions boss will match Sir Bobby Robson’s effort from 1982 to 1990, while tonight he will tie with Sven Goran Eriksson for England’s coached matches (67).
Only Robson, Sir Alf Ramsey and Walter Winterbottom have managed more internationals for England, while only Capello has a better winning percentage.
Southgate will be tasked with bringing out the best in an exciting and flourishing class of talented youngsters, in the hopes that Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka can lead England to their second major trophy for Euro 2024.