GARETH SOUTHGATE has promised he will be proven wrong as skeptics continue to see him as a failure in club management.
Despite becoming the most successful English manager in half a century, Southgate admits he is still tempered by suggestions that he may never cut it as an elite Premier League manager. , who led Middlesbrough to relegation in 2009.
And after signing a new three-year contract to take the Three Lions to Euro 2024, as well as next year’s World Cup in Qatar, the 51-year-old insists he will succeed at club level.
Southgate said: “There’s a clear challenge that because people view my club’s board entirely through the eyes of a relegation, there’s a part of you that wants to prove everyone wrong.
“I will definitely do it one day. However, it would be a mistake not to appreciate working with a team where you have worked so hard to get to a place where they play with a clear style, they respond very well to what we asked for. .
“There is potential for growth with good results – and you can move into another area before that happens.
“So there is no rush. If in three years I decide to do so, I will still be 54 years old, with the experience of managing one of the most stressful jobs in football, with the biggest games of world football behind you.
“If that was the decision at the time, then I would have a lot of great experiences behind me.
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“But I don’t know how I will feel in three years. And I don’t feel the need to push for anything else.
“You want to work with the best players you can because you can challenge them more than a lower standard player.
“There are things in the club board that as an international manager you would love to have – the opportunity to impact and influence the players every day.
“But what I feel very strongly about is ‘Why go when we know the team is still improving?'”
Middlesbrough is Southgate’s only job as a club manager – special adjustment is needed to take on the role as he is not qualified to coach at the age of 35.
After two finishes at the top of the table, Boro was relegated following a massive pay cut and Southgate took the bullet a few months later.
Despite leading England to this summer’s Euro final and a semi-final at the 2018 World Cup, Southgate has rarely been linked with the club’s top jobs.
But he said: “I always question people, in our industry, who have a career plan of where they want to be in five years, because every job I do in football when I’m done playing, I didn’t do that.” t know i would do it about two weeks ago.
“When I became manager of Middlesbrough, I was on the beach thinking I was going to have another year of playing football.
“The under-21 role came on briefly and the senior came in a two-night span, so I’m not a fan of planning a career path. Why not enjoy the ride? ”
After England’s painful penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro final, Southgate insisted he did not want to ‘ignore my welcome’ and delay signing a contract extension after the World Cup.
He said: “There was never a consideration that I would not go to Qatar. I want to make sure I’m fully committed to getting through that and I don’t want to rush into it.
“The tournament takes away a lot from you and the way it ended for us also took a lot of emotion and energy.
“I like to allow myself to consider that, because when I commit, I commit completely.”
Asked if he would give up if England win the World Cup, Southgate replied: “If that’s the decision we have to make in December next year, then I’d be happy for it!
“A dream is to win, and there isn’t a day that goes by that you don’t try to do something towards that end goal.”
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