FA set to offer Gareth Southgate new deal


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The FA are planning to offer a new contract to England manager Gareth Southgate following his exploits at the World Cup.

The 47-year-old became the first man in 28 years to guide England through to the semi-finals of the World Cup as the Three Lions saw off the likes of Colombia and Sweden before eventually losing to Croatia in the last four.

Southgate created a feel-good factor amongst England players and supporters alike and the FA are now keen to tie him down to an improved contract, with his current deal due to expire following the conclusion of the 2020 European Championship.

“Gareth has been excellent. We’d like him to stay beyond 2020,” FA chief executive Martin Glenn told reporters.

“I think we’d both like that, but if we talked about it at any length it would then be a contract conversation and he’s on holiday now, so we’ll talk when he comes back.”

Glenn admits England cannot offer Southgate the same kind of financial package a team in the Premier League could, but he is convinced the former Middlesbrough boss would turn down more lucrative offers from elsewhere because he has unfinished business with the Three Lions.

“Benchmarks are always the question and we can never compete with the Premier League in terms of pay. Everyone knows that,” Glenn added.

“Gareth is on a journey. He loved the World Cup and he’s built his own belief that we can go further and that motivates him and [assistant manager] Steve Holland.”

Southgate’s primary objective over the next two years will be to win Euro 2020 and they are priced at 9.00 to conquer Europe.

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