areth Southgate still has the desire to ‘prove people wrong’ by succeeding as a club manager, despite his record with England.
The 51-year-old led England to the World Cup semi-final in 2018 and the Euro 2020 final in July, but the perception of his club record remains a sore point.
Southgate’s three-year tenure at the helm of Middlesbrough came to an end after their relegation from the Premier League in 2008/09 and he then left the club, joining the FA as elite performance manager in 2011.
Speaking after his new contract was announced, Southgate said he was sure he would return to prove himself in the club match after work in England.
“There is the obvious challenge because people see my club management only through the eyes of a relegation, there is the obvious part of you wanting to prove people wrong,” Southgate said.
“There will be a day when I do that, I’m sure. If in three years I decided that was it, I [would be] 53 years old, with the experience of leading in one of the most pressurized jobs in football, with the biggest games in world football behind you.
“If that was the decision then, then I would have a lot of great experiences behind me. But I have no idea how I’ll feel three years from now. And I don’t feel the urgency to push for something else.
“What I felt very strongly is why leave when you know the [England] the team is still improving? What I saw in the players’ reaction in the fall to their disappointment in the summer was very positive and with some of the youngsters doing it there was always that competition and the momentum to move us forward.
Southgate admitted he ‘would like to have’ certain elements of being a club manager, but insisted the roles have both their advantages and challenges.
“There are things in the management of the club that as an international manager you would like to havethe opportunity to affect and influence players every day, ”he said.
“We have to get our ideas across in a very short period of time, so every session is crucial.
“You have more control over the life of the players as a club manager because day after day you influence them and talk to them. You are more through their physical performance. You are more able to build tactically every day.
“But in a club there is a game every three days and you have to prepare and in the bigger clubs of course the consequences of these results are huge in terms of the fallout every time they play. So with England it’s different. I don’t see one as easier or harder.
FA chief executive Mark Bellingham has revealed Southgate’s contract is “performance-related.” [and] any increase or increase in bonuses is self-funded either by increasing commercial income or by tournament prize money ”.
I am very aware that we fund grassroots football.
Last year the FA laid off 124 jobs amid pandemic-related losses of around £ 300million and Southgate says he wants to give the organization good value for money.
“I’ve always wanted throughout my life to be fairly rewarded but to deliver good value for the organization I work for,” said Southgate, whose previous contract was valued at around £ 3million. per year.
“Within the FA, I am very aware of what we have experienced as an organization. I am very much aware that we fund grassroots football and therefore whatever we have won over time it would have been fair to prove ourselves.
“Now we have Wembley full more regularly and the prize money to reach the final stages of the tournaments, we want to make sure that when we sit and listen to our CFO tell us where we are at that we have more than played our part. in keeping the business side in the right place.
“It’s a consequence of the performances and the results and the fun for the country as well. In an ideal world you want, as a manager who cares about English football and the organization, to be able to really accomplish all of these things. “