The FA want Gareth Southgate to stay as England manager after the 2022 World Cup

The FA want Gareth Southgate to stay as England manager until Euro 2024

The FA want Gareth Southgate to stay as England manager until Euro 2024

  • The FA want Gareth Southgate to stay as England boss after the World Cup
  • The Three Lions are currently preparing for a quarter-final clash with France
  • There is a growing feeling this could be Southgate’s final tournament in charge
  • Southgate is England’s most successful manager since manager Sir Alf Ramsey
  • They want him to stay in charge for the next European championships
  • Click here for the latest news, fixtures, live action and results from the 2022 World Cup

The Football Association want Gareth Southgate to stay on as England manager after the World Cup, regardless of Saturday’s result against France.

Southgate are preparing their side for one of the biggest games in the country’s history on Saturday when they take on the reigning world champions for a place in the semi-finals.

But there is a growing feeling in football circles that this will be Southgate’s last tournament in charge of the national team as he prepares for a potential return to management at the club.

The FA want Gareth Southgate to stay as England manager after the 2022 World Cup

The Three Lions are currently preparing for one of the biggest matches in the country's history

The Three Lions are currently preparing for one of the biggest matches in the country’s history

However, the FA are aiming to keep Southgate – who is England’s most successful manager since World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey – in charge of the next European Championships in 2024 and will ask the 52-year-old to see the remaining two years. of his contract if it turned out that he would prefer to leave his job.

The feeling of uncertainty over Southgate’s future after the World Cup is something FA bosses are aware of, although they are hoping to convince the head coach to stay on.

There is no clear succession plan should Southgate decide to leave; another factor behind the organization’s ambition to ensure its current boss stays put after the tournament.

Southgate is England's most successful boss since World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey

Southgate is England’s most successful boss since World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey

The only way Southgate isn’t England manager in the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign is if he decides to leave the job.

Southgate and the FA will hold a post-tournament debrief during which the manager’s future will become clearer.

There is a clear feeling among the FA senior brass that Southgate has earned the right to dictate its future because of the successful work it has done to transform a team that was the laughingstock of world football into one of the elite teams on the planet.

And if Southgate are firm in their decision to leave, then the FA will respect his wishes, not without trying to persuade him to stay until Euro 2024, which would give them time to put a succession plan in place.

If Southgate leaves, there is a shortage of realistic English candidates.

Both Eddie Howe and Graham Potter would be attractive propositions for the FA; but the pair are unlikely to leave their current jobs with Newcastle and Chelsea respectively.

Eddie Howe would be an interesting option

Graham Potter is another potential candidate

Eddie Howe (left) and Graham Potter (right) would both be attractive propositions for the FA

Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel would all be intriguing – and perhaps more accessible – alternatives, but their appointments would depend on whether the FA wants an overseas head coach.

The FA could consider internal candidates, which could open the door for the emergence of Southgate No 2 Steve Holland, provided he is ready to take the job.

But it is clear that keeping Southgate is the FA’s priority.

For now, Southgate is fully focused on World Cup glory ahead of Saturday’s tantalizing clash against France.

All eyes will be on the system with which England will start against Didier Deschamps’ side, given Southgate’s history of deploying a back-five against elite nations.

England have started with a conventional back-four in their four games in Qatar so far; scoring 12 goals and conceding just one in open play in the process.

And Kyle Walker has provided a major hint that Southgate is ready to stick to the 4-3-3 system which has been very successful in the tournament so far.

Kyle Walker has provided a major hint that Southgate is ready to stick to the 4-3-3 system

Kyle Walker has provided a major hint that Southgate is ready to stick to the 4-3-3 system

When asked why England had more ball possession and become one of the most entertaining sides in the tournament, Walker attributed the change to a four-man defender and hinted the formation was now the team’s preferred option.

“The reason why we have more (possession) may be down to tactics,” Walker said.

“We played a (back) five in the Euros and in the World Cup. So maybe we can control the ball a bit better when we have more men further down the pitch with attacking minds.

Key defensive midfielder Declan Rice (pictured) missed training through illness on Wednesday

Key defensive midfielder Declan Rice (pictured) missed training through illness on Wednesday

However, Southgate’s approach could be altered by the fitness of key midfielder Declan Rice, who missed training through illness on Wednesday.

Southgate is now waiting to hear if the West Ham captain is well enough to train on Thursday or Friday.

If he doesn’t show up for training tomorrow, concerns could be raised over his availability for the game against France.

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