South­gate vows Eng­land ‘sta­bil­ity’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

GARETH SOUTH­GATE promised to bring some “sta­bil­ity” to the Eng­land set-up yes­ter­day af­ter Sam Al­lardyce ad­mit­ted an “er­ror of judge­ment” was be­hind his shock exit as the na­tional side’s man­ager.

Al­lardyce’s one-game ca­reer as Eng­land man­ager came to a hu­mil­i­at­ing end af­ter just 67 days on Tues­day fol­low­ing con­tro­ver­sial com­ments made to un­der­cover re­porters.

South­gate has been pro­moted to care­taker boss of the se­nior Eng­land side from his post as Un­der-21 man­ager. The for­mer Eng­land cen­tral de­fender will be in charge for the World Cup qual­i­fier against Malta at Wem­b­ley on Oct 8, fol­lowed by matches against Slove­nia, Scot­land and a friendly with Spain.

“It’s ob­vi­ously been a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion for the FA (Eng­land’s gov­ern­ing Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) but it was im­por­tant that there was some sta­bil­ity and con­ti­nu­ity for ev­ery­body,” South­gate said in an FA state­ment.

“So, from my point of view, it was im­por­tant to step for­ward and give us the best pos­si­ble chance to win these games.”

South­gate added: “The fo­cus now has to be on play­ing foot­ball, putting in good per­for­mances and get­ting re­sults, start­ing with Malta at Wem­b­ley. These are four big games for us as a coun­try, I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge and I’m con­fi­dent that we can get good re­sults.”

Ear­lier, Al­lardyce told re­porters out­side his home in Bolton, north­west Eng­land that he re­gret­ted his con­ver­sa­tion with the un­der­cover team: “I think that on re­flec­tion it was a silly thing to do.

“But just to let ev­ery­body know, I sort of helped out what was some­body I’d known for 30 years (foot­ball agent Scott McGar­vey). Un­for­tu­nately it was an er­ror of judge­ment on my be­half and I’ve paid the con­se­quences.”

Al­lardyce’s Eng­land reign was sen­sa­tion­ally brought to a close on Tues­day as he paid the price for in­dis­creetly talk­ing with un­der­cover

re­porters pos­ing as Far East busi­ness­men.

The 61-year-old was se­cretly filmed giv­ing ad­vice on how to cir­cum­nav­i­gate trans­fer rules and mock­ing Eng­land pre­de­ces­sor Hodg­son.

in­ves­ti­ga­tion has also al­leged eight un­named man­agers with Pre­mier League ex­pe­ri­ence took bribes for the trans­fers of play­ers dur­ing se­cretly filmed in­ter­views.

Bri­tain’s sports minister, Tracey Crouch, said Wed­nes­day: “The re­cent al­le­ga­tions con­cern­ing English foot­ball are very con­cern­ing and we will be dis­cussing the mat­ter with the foot­ball au­thor­i­ties.”

Those au­thor­i­ties – the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, the Pre­mier League and the English Foot­ball League – is­sued a brief joint state­ment later Wed­nes­day in­sist­ing they were se­ri­ous about

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