Gareth Southgate Looks Set To Stay With England After The World Cup
Gareth Southgate seems like a nice guy, no?
In his waistcoat and tie he looks like the best man at your wedding who will turn up on time with the rings, not stick the knife in too much in his speech, then lose his shit to Kool and the Gang on the dancefloor.
Well, him and his team have currently got the whole country of England riding a wave of positivity that seems like it will never break.
The problem with that is that, as a result of his success, Southgate's stock has never been higher. His team have been turning heads and it wouldn't be surprising to learn that clubs in the Premier League will have been watching him carefully.
What with all the money that is sloshing around in there, you'd have to forgive him for having his head turned, too. But it seems as if Good Guy Gareth won't abandon his country after the World Cup in Russia ends, but will stick around for the next tournament.
Yes, he's obviously not bothered that the winners of every tournament - which England are now surely destined to be - apart from World Cup 2002 have gone out at the groups the following time around.
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The 47-year-old England boss has got another two years left on his contract, and you'd imagine that he's pretty handsomely retained on that. If England manage to qualify for Euro 2020 there will be a contract extension triggered as well, so he's got incentive.
Although he gets paid well, no doubt, his wages is almost definitely not the kind of huge pay-outs that managers in the Premier League get. He could probably earn more money, but would he want to?
International managers work in fits and starts, with their work being done in short periods. They also don't have the same pressure week in, week out, as top-flight managers. Also, there's no pressure to be savvy in the transfer market, you get what you're given and you have to work with that.
He's reported to be happy with his job, and the manner in which he's going about his task suggests that his employers think he's the man for the job, too.
His position will be reconsidered by the FA at the end of the World Cup, but that shouldn't be a long conversation.
As for the Three Lions, just Croatia stand between them and a first World Cup final since winning the whole thing back in 1966.
Let's see how Southgate and the LADs get on.
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