Trevor Sinclair and Simon Jordan have discussed Gareth Southgate’s future after England and it’s safe to say talkSPORT pundits are not on the same page.
Southgate has been England manager since 2016, leading the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals and the European Championship final.
However, some fans have called for the former Middlesbrough manager to be sacked after the team’s poor performance against Hungary on Tuesday night.
In the unlikely event that this happens, Sinclair believes the 51-year-old could stay local and take a Premier League position in northern England.
His last job at club level was with Middlesbrough in 2009[/caption]
“I think with where he lives, Harrogate, where it is in the country, I would say someone like Leeds or Newcastle,” he told talkSPORT. “I think he’s good enough for that.
“You look at his record – he has the second best winning ratio like any English manager, the top is [Fabio] Capello with 66 percent. Alf Ramsey has 61 percent, Glenn Hoddle 60 percent.
“He has a 64 percent win ratio. He participated in two semi-finals and one final.
“He is a great leader of men. He’s great with the media.
“He’s brought in young players so he’s good at working with young players.”
Former Crystal Palace president Jordan, on the other hand, disagrees and says Southgate is not ready to take over a club like Leeds or Newcastle – and that someone like Norwich or Burnley could be more appropriate.
“I look at him and think he has done a very good job under the circumstances in which he has been asked to manage England,” he said.
“I think he must have taken over from Sam [Allardyce] when there was a little debacle with Sam’s behavior, and obviously Iceland’s performance at Euro 2016.
“I think he has performed well in tournaments where we have had very favorable draws, but I think he is far from an elite manager.
“If we’re talking about him running Burnley.” Oh yeah, alright, okay, I can see that argument, absolutely.
“Or if you’re talking about him running Norwich or promoting West Brom.”