Southgate Being Right Holds Mirror Up to Lack of Ambition in English Football

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Published: November 14, 2016

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In the tunnel on Friday, Wayne Rooney hadn't even had time to wipe the sweat from his brow when he delivered his verdict that Gareth Southgate was in "pole position."

In the press box, Henry Winter signed off his match report for the Times with: "The FA has to appoint him now." In the studio, a consensus was struck between ITV pundits Lee Dixon, Ian Wright, Ryan Giggs and Ally McCoist. He'd done enough.

That beating Scotland 3-0, Malta 2-0 and drawing with Slovenia has convinced the majority Southgate is the obvious choice for the England manager's job is almost as depressing as the fact they're probably right.



Southgate is indeed the obvious candidate to ensure England seamlessly qualify for the 2018 World Cup before delivering an underwhelming tournament performance. Given England are unbeaten in seven years of qualifiers, 33 matches and counting, they will almost certainly book their place for Russia as Group F winners. The Football Association may as well save a few quid and give him the job in June 2018. 

Cut to Southgate spending the summer shaking his head on the touchline, as though he had no idea it would end like this. As the ghosts of England managers past will attest, the only winners when Old Blighty qualify for a major finals are the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture prescription drugs.

A relatively common view expressed seems to be that Southgate would be a decent appointment because expectation levels wouldn't be too high. If anyone at the New York Times is reading this, I'm quietly confident I could reduce expectations at your newspaper if you make me editor-in-chief. Though like Southgate, I'd like a contract until 2020.



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