Gareth Southgate admits contract won’t stop England sacks

Gareth Southgate has admitted that a two-year stay on his contract will not protect him from the sack if England fail at the World Cup this winter.

Southgate, whose contract runs until December 2024 and will include that year’s European Championship, is under mounting pressure before England wrap up their disastrous Nations League campaign by hosting Germany at Wembley on Monday night. The manager was booed by his supporters after his side 1-0 defeat against Italy in Milan Last Friday, the Euro 2020 finalist was relegated to the second tier of the Nations League, and the 52-year-old knows his future may depend on what happens in Qatar this winter.

“I’m not an idiot,” Southgate said. “My only focus at the moment is to make the team fit for tomorrow and then focus on a good performance and a good result. I know that I will be judged in the end based on what happens in the World Cup.

“Contracts are not relevant in football because managers can have three, four or five year contracts and you accept that, if the results aren’t good enough, it’s time to go your separate ways. Why would I be different? I’m not smug with what It is enough to think that my contract will protect me in any way.”

England went five games without a competitive win for the first time since 1992 and didn’t score from open play for 450 minutes. The lack of creativity has become a huge problem and Southgate, who is expected to stick to a 3-4-3 system against him GermanyHe was realistic when it was pointed out that he still had strong support from the Football Association.

“I totally appreciate it,” he said. But we understand how the mood changes with the results and how it does. I am realistic about this and I will be judged based on what we do in Qatar and I am very happy to be judged in this way. History is history and you are judged on the next match and the next tournament.”

And Southgate, who could play Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier at full-back and call up John Stones at the center of defence, could dispense with Wembley fans against Germany. He has gathered supporters behind him since becoming director six years ago, but the mood is starting to shift.

“Part of the reason we are so successful in the tournaments is the sense of symbiosis,” Southgate said. “We can’t have the fans against us, or you guys don’t feel very warm about us. It would be much more difficult if we had to fight with the opposition and then fight with things on our island. Only we can correct that with performance and results.”

Gareth Southgate on the training ground with Eric Dyer, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire.
Gareth Southgate on the training ground with Eric Dyer, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire. Photo: John Sibley/Action Images/Reuters

Southgate considered the relationship between the press and England Management. “I’ve been playing football for 30 years,” he said. “I’ve seen pretty much everything. I’ve seen the cycle of war with the media. I’ve seen absolute love and we’re somewhere in the middle of that – or maybe we’re not quite in the middle. It’s great to watch from my side and it’s a life experience that I knew was in a phase.” What you will most likely come up with with this job.”

The spotlight isn’t just on Southgate. Many VIPs in England were disappointed and Raheem Sterling said the players must improve.

“The results were not good enough and we need to take responsibility,” the Chelsea striker said. “I know there was a lot on Gareth and what he was doing – formations etc – but at the end of the day, the performances just didn’t get right. As a group we need to get this right.”

Sterling scored the opening goal when England beat Germany 2-0 In the round of 16 of Euro 2020. He knows how quickly the picture can change. The 27-year-old said he was afraid to go on an international mission.

“My mentality was that I needed to focus only on myself,” he said.

“This is definitely something that has put me in a good place. This is a message that can definitely go with the team here in the next couple of months. We know there will be noise and we have to block it out if we are going to do well.”

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