England National team coach Gareth Southgate on the brink of a move – Manchester United possible?

Gareth Southgate

The future of Gareth Southgate as the manager of the England football team hangs in the balance as Manchester United eyes him as a potential replacement for Erik Ten Hag. The Football Association (FA) is actively exploring alternatives to Southgate, whose contract expires in December.

Southgate may prefer a move to Manchester United

He has guided England with relative success, has kept discussions about his future on hold, preferring to focus on the current footballing challenges. His reluctance to sign a new deal has prompted speculation about his next move. Manchester United, under the leadership of Sir Dave Brailsford and incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth, has identified Southgate as a prime candidate. Their interest reflects Southgate’s stature and accomplishments in football management.

However, the FA is also considering domestic options should Southgate depart. Eddie Howe, the former Newcastle United manager, is highly regarded by the FA and is seen as a suitable fit for the England managerial role. Similarly, Graham Potter, with his experience at Chelsea and Brighton, is another contender the FA admires.

Another potential candidate from within England’s coaching ranks is Steve Cooper. He has achieved s success with England’s Under-17s, winning the World Cup in 2017. Cooper’s familiarity with the English football system and his previous work with young talents make him an appealing option for the FA. Meanwhile, Lee Carsley, the current Under-21 boss, is also held in high esteem within the FA. His involvement with the development of young players aligns with the FA’s preference for nurturing homegrown talents.

Southgate’s tenure has seen notable achievements, including a memorable run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018. Though, the FA is exploring various avenues to ensure continuity and success for the national team.

In the coming months, decisions will be made that could shape the future of English football. Whether Southgate remains at the helm or a new manager takes charge, the focus will be on building upon past successes and achieving further glory on the international stage.

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