Gem­mill: Big Sam exit will make Eng­land stronger

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ENG­LAND might ac­tu­ally ben­e­fit from Sam Al­lardyce’s shock exit with care­taker man­ager Gareth South­gate bring­ing in a fresh approach to the job, ac­cord­ing to for­mer Scot­land mid­fielder Archie Gem­mill.

Thrust into the job af­ter Al­lardyce de­parted fol­low­ing an un­der­cover news­pa­per in­ves­ti­ga­tion, South­gate’s im­me­di­ate chal­lenge is Eng­land’s World Cup qual­i­fiers at home to Malta on Satur­day and away to Slove­nia three days later.

“It’s fresh man­age­ment once again. Gareth has been with the Eng­land set-up for quite a few years, he has had a stint at Mid­dles­brough as a man­ager. So he’ll know a large per­cent­age of the play­ers,” Gem­mill told Bri­tish me­dia.

“It’s some­one who is a bit younger and pos­si­bly a bit fresher and might have some dif­fer­ent ideas. them.”

South­gate will also be in charge in a third World Cup qual­i­fier at home to Scot­land, who breezed past Malta 5-1 ear­lier this month, in Novem­ber.

Gem­mill felt the for­mer Mid­dles­brough man­ager’s ap­point­ment will make Eng­land stronger and Scot­land should tar­get sec­ond place in Group F.

“I think that will pos­si­bly make Eng­land stronger. I think Scot­land should look at it as a group mi­nus Eng­land,” he added.

“If Scot­land can con­cen­trate on pick­ing up the points against Lithua­nia, Slo­vakia, Malta and take it as that, if they win the group mi­nus Eng­land, they are go­ing to be in a play­off for the World Cup.” – Reuters I think it might help

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