South­gate lands Eng­land job on per­ma­nent ba­sis

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

GARETH SOUTH­GATE was ap­pointed Eng­land’s new full­time man­ager yes­ter­day and will lead the na­tional team’s chal­lenge for the 2018 World Cup and 2020 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

The 46-year-old, who has been in charge of the Eng­land squad for four games on a tem­po­rary ba­sis, signed a four-year con­tract, the Foot­ball As­so­ca­tion (FA) an­nounced.

South­gate, capped 57 times by Eng­land and per­haps most fa­mous for miss­ing a penalty in the Euro ‘96 semi­fi­nal shootout with even­tual cham­pi­ons Germany, re­places Sam Al­lardyce, who was dis­missed af­ter just one game be­cause of con­tro­ver­sial re­marks to un­der­cover reporters.

“I am ex­tremely proud to be ap­pointed Eng­land man­ager. How­ever, I’m also con­scious that get­ting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job suc­cess­fully,” said South­gate, whose four games in tem­po­rary charge yielded two vic­to­ries and two draws.

“I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed work­ing with the play­ers over th­ese past four games and I think there’s huge po­ten­tial.

“I’m determined to give ev­ery­thing I have to give the coun­try a team that they’re proud of and one that they’re go­ing to en­joy watch­ing play and de­velop. For me, the hard work starts now.”

Martin Glenn, the FA chief ex­ec­u­tive, said South­gate’s pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence as coach of the Un­der-21 side was in­valu­able.

“We are de­lighted to con­firm Gareth as Eng­land man­ager. He’s ob­vi­ously some­body we know well but it’s his un­der­stand­ing of in­ter­na­tional foot­ball and the de­vel­op­ment set-up at St. Ge­orge’s Park (Eng­land’s train­ing cen­tre) that is im­por­tant,” said Glenn.

“He per­formed ex­tremely well dur­ing the four games he was in tem­po­rary charge and he im­pressed us dur­ing a tough in­ter­view process.

“Gareth is a great am­bas­sador for what The FA stands for, he’s a very good foot­ball tac­ti­cian and a leader but be­neath that he’s a win­ner and that’s an im­por­tant part of the job.” – AFP

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