Gareth Southgate believes that his contract speculation will not have any effect on England players ahead of the World Cup. Southgate was brought in as an interim manager in 2016 after Sam Allardyce’s shock exit. The progress under Southgate has caught a number of critics by surprise. He has led the England team to a third-place finish in the 2018 World Cup before narrowly missing out in the final of Euro 2020. They also finished third in the Nations League.
Mark Bullingham, the Football Association Chief said that they would love to have Southgate sign a contract beyond the World Cup in Qatar. The manager himself has been coy about his plans beyond the World Cup and has reiterated his intentions to concentrate on the tournament first.
“I wouldn’t think they could care less, frankly! They’re not bothered who the manager is at club or country.” England manager Gareth Southgate said. “One comes, one goes. The next one, they get on with it. So, no, it’s not a distraction in any way, shape, or form. I’ve got 14 months. If you can get through 14 weeks as a manager you have done well, so it really isn’t an issue. I’m enjoying working with the team and I would imagine we won’t even discuss that until after the autumn now.”
“It’s a good observation in that, without doubt, there’s that confidence in the team, which can only come from the evidence of being able to achieve results and performances that have led to those results,” he added. “We saw that in Hungary, the way they approached the game, the belief, but also that bit of additional motivation from not having quite got to where we wanted to as well. That’s a good position for us to be in. But that has to be worked at every day.”