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Gareth Southgate claims England players “couldn’t care less” who is manager

Gareth Southgate – who led England to their first Euros final in the summer after guiding them to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 – insists the players are not bothered by his contract situation

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Gareth Southgate claims England players “couldn’t care less” who their manager is.

Southgate is under contract until next year’s World Cup but does not appear to be in a rush to sign a new deal even though the Football Association want to tie him down until 2024.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said during Euro 2020 they wanted to begin negotiations straight after the tournament to remove any uncertainty and reward his remarkable progress.

But Southgate – who led England to their first Euros final in the summer after guiding them to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 – insists the players are not bothered.



Southgate is sure his contract situation will not distract England’s star-studded squad
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England boss Southgate said: “I wouldn’t think they could care less! They aren’t bothered who the manager is at club or country. One comes; one goes. The next one and they get on with it.

“So, no, it’s not a distraction in any way shape or form. I’ve got 14 months and if you can get through 14 weeks as a manager you have done well so it really isn’t an issue.

“I enjoy working with the team and I would imagine that we won’t even discuss that until after the autumn now.”









Southgate has not hidden his desire to one day move back into club management and taking charge of a big Premier League team would almost certainly guarantee a bigger deal than his current £2.5m-a-year FA contract.

The World Cup in Qatar would mark more than six years in charge for Southgate which is the longest since Bobby Robson who had the job for eight years until 1990.

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But the reason the FA are so keen on Southgate is that he has overhauled the team’s success after the disaster of Euro 2016 when they lost to Iceland, he buys into the St George’s Park philosophy and he is on target to lead an exciting new generation of talent to Qatar.

They face potentially their hardest match in Group I in Poland on Wednesday night but, after five straight wins, another victory would leave them potentially just needing two more wins to book their place.




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