South­gate wants a de­ci­sion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY IAN HER­BERT

GARETH SOUTH­GATE wants a de­ci­sion from the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion within the next two weeks about whether he will be Eng­land’s next man­ager, with to­day’s match against Spain at Wem­b­ley pro­vid­ing the chance to make him­self a dead-cert to be the 15th per­ma­nent holder of the post.

The 46-year-old said af­ter the em­phatic 3-0 win over Scot­land on Fri­day night that he wel­comed com­pe­ti­tion for the po­si­tion, though the gov­ern­ing body are al­ready un­der­stood to be strongly minded that he should now get a three and a half year deal, with a break clause af­ter the 2018 World Cup.

Asked if it was im­por­tant for the sit­u­a­tion to be re­solved now, thus al­low­ing him to plan, South­gate said: “I think (we need that) for ev­ery­body be­cause we’ve got the Euro­pean U-21 Cham­pi­onships to pre­pare for and the se­niors have got the next round of games to pre­pare for.

“Ev­ery­body is go­ing to want to know by the end of Novem­ber, mid­dle of De­cem­ber where ev­ery­thing’s head­ing so that we can de­cide who is re­spon­si­ble for which parts of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s work. Which­ever body of work that is re­mains to be seen.”

He joked: “It would be im­por­tant for me to know what I’m do­ing af­ter the mid­dle of Novem­ber!”

South­gate felt that there was some courage in the way he asked the play­ers to play out from the back against Gor­don Stra­chan’s side and take “more risk” – de­spite the sig­nif­i­cance of a win to his hopes of be­ing made per­ma­nent man­ager.

“It would be easy to say: ‘Scot­land is a piv­otal game in what we are try­ing to do so we won’t take any risks play­ing from the back. We won’t en­cour­age the team to play, play per­cent­age foot­ball and with bet­ter play­ers we win the game,’” he ob­served.

“Well, we didn’t want to do that, we wanted to play in a style which we be­lieved was right in the long term, a style that would en­cour­age our younger play­ers. There is more risk in that.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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