England boss Gareth Southgate revealed that he will hold contract talks with the FA over the next few weeks to decide about a new contract. Southgate’s contract is set to run out after the World Cup in Qatar next year. The FA have announced that they would like him to continue as the manager after leading the team to the World Cup semifinals in 2018 and the finals of Euro 2020. The FA is well aware of the unfinished business that Southgate has as a club manager.
“I think I said last month that I had asked to put that [contract talks] further back into the autumn as I just wanted to focus on these games and also to give the time to make the right decision,” England boss Gareth Southgate said. “After the Euros, there is a huge amount of emotion and feeling and fatigue from going through a tournament like that. I want to make sure that I am making the right decisions for the right reasons.”
“We can look at everything in the next few weeks,” he added. “We have happily parked that for the time being. The discussions are very much open and Mark Bellingham [FA chief executive] has been really supportive but I have really felt this task – of getting the country to the World Cup – was the priority.”
He had initially signed a four-year contract when he was first appointed as the England manager and later signed a new four-year deal after the World Cup in 2018.