‘I never want to outstay my welcome’: Gareth Southgate confirms he will STAY as England manager for the 2022 World Cup… but won’t commit to the job beyond Qatar finals in 18 months
Gareth Southgate stopped short on Monday of committing his future to England beyond Qatar 2022.
The England manager and his players are coming to terms with their heartbreaking Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy on Sunday night.
Despite the agony, Southgate’s stock rose immensely at the FA during his team’s euphoric run.
Gareth Southgate says he will stay in his role as England manager for the 2022 World Cup
Southgate and his players suffered heartbreak at Wembley as they were beaten by Italy on penalties in the final of Euro 2020
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham revealed during the Euros that there are plans to extend Southgate’s contract, which expires after next year’s World Cup. But when asked about the prospect of signing a new deal, Southgate replied: ‘I don’t think now is an appropriate time to think about anything. We’ve got to qualify for Qatar.
‘I need some time to go away, watch the final again and reflect on the tournament — I need a rest. It’s an amazing experience but to lead your country in these tournaments takes its toll.
‘I said at the time it was great to have that internal support (from the FA). You hugely value that as a manager, but there is also a lot to think through.
Southgate says he needs time to reflect before committing to a new contract with the FA
The manager said that ensuring his players were supported after the penalty heartbreak was ‘top of his thinking’
‘It’s not about finance in any way or commitment. I don’t want to commit to anything longer than I should, and I never want to outstay my welcome.
‘So, all of those things need consideration before even thinking about sitting down and talking.
‘As I sit here today, I want to be taking the team to Qatar.’
On his team’s progression over the last four years, Southgate added: ‘We’ve had fourth-place, third-place and second-place finishes — it’s probably as good as any other team in Europe, bar those that have won the tournaments.
‘But for consistency, it’s right up there.’
Southgate referenced the heartbreak France suffered in 2016 before going on to win the World Cup two years later