Soccer: Southgate wants to ‘prove people wrong’ at club level after England role.
England manager Gareth Southgate said he would like to return to the club’s management at some point and would be motivated to “prove people wrong” about his record in national football.
Southgate, who got the England job full time in 2016, signed a new contract until the end of 2024 on Monday. He led England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and Euro 2020 final this year.
The 51-year-old’s only role in charge of a club was at Middlesbrough, where his three-year stint came to an end after his relegation from the Premier League in 2009.
“There is the obvious challenge because people see the management of my club solely through the eyes of a relegation. There is a part of you that wants to prove people wrong,” Southgate told British media on Monday.
“There will be a day when I do that, I’m sure. If I decided that was the case in three years, I would be 53, with the experience of directing in one of the most pressurized jobs in football, with the most important games in world football. behind you.
“If that was the decision at the time, then I would have a lot of great experiences behind me. But I have no idea what I will feel three years from now. And I don’t feel the urge to push for other things.”
England qualified for next year’s World Cup in Qatar as the group winner with a 10-0 win in San Marino last week.