A debate over England manager Gareth Southgate’s club credentials has been sparked on talkSPORT, with the Manchester United job up for grabs.
The Three Lions boss has just signed a new deal with the FA, keeping him in the role until 2024 after five promising years at the helm.
Southgate guided England to a World Cup semi-final and a European Championship final, although that first trophy since 1966 remains elusive.
But, perhaps better yet, the 51-year-old has changed the whole narrative around the national team, creating a positive sentiment among players and fans alike.
Placing his short-term future in England, the former Middlesbrough manager has revealed his intention to prove himself at club level one day.
“Because people see the management of my club only through the eyes of relegation, there is a part of you that wants to prove them wrong,” Southgate said.
“There will be a day when I do that, I’m sure. “
Southgate is well and truly out of the running for the vacant Manchester United post following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, but talkSPORT host Adrian Durham wonders why the England boss was not hired for the role .
“They died on [Mauricio] Pochettino, ”Durham said. “He didn’t win anything and didn’t even win the title with Paris Saint-Germain last season.
“He needs Messi to come and get clear in France. They are all in favor of bringing Pochettino in, why wouldn’t they agree with Southgate?
“It doesn’t make sense to me. Hasn’t he proven himself as a man manager?
“In fact, he didn’t lose the Euro final, it went on penalties. Hasn’t he already done enough, overthrowing England in five years, to make people believe that he cares a lot for him?
“Also think about how far he is from the football field. Why wouldn’t you want someone so honorable and sincere to be the manager of your football club? “
However, former Premier League striker and Arsenal fan Darren Bent insists he won’t take Southgate from the Emirates.
Fellow Gooner Laura Woods has suggested that while it may be snobbery, a ‘big six’ job appears to be too big a leap from England’s position.
And Bent agreed. He said: “For some reason he seems to be a better fit for international management than club management.
“If one of the top four jobs were to become available, I don’t think he would be in the running for that.
“On a daily basis, could he manage these elite players? It’s fine when they get together for ten days.
“But I think I agree with you, Laura, that he comes to Arsenal?” I’d be kind of like, ‘Hmm’.