The past few months have been rather chaotic for England supporters.
The appointment of Sam Allardyce looked to quell the post-Euro 2016 outrage and set the Three Lions on a much better path. However, 65 days and a sting operation later, the national team was back to square one.
Nevertheless, interim boss Gareth Southgate is launching his claim to assume the mantle and bring back stability. Moreover, there is a growing belief that he will do just that – on one condition, anyway.
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After the unprecedented upheaval and controversy that followed Big Sam’s exit from the England job, Southgate proved the man appointed to execute the salvage mission.
Considering the 46-year-old’s distinct lack of notable, recent managerial roles, many expected Southgate to simply be a temporary solution. Only recently has it been suggested that his reign will extend beyond the previously agreed four games.
Besides, his first two fixtures did little to damage his prospects. A 2-0 win over Malta proved routine and England experienced a lucky escape in Slovenia, but such signs of character were notable after the pitiful Euro 2016 campaign.
The circumstances under which Southgate inherited the role must not be forgotten and thus four points is no shame. After all, the preceding three months had seen Icelandic ignominy and shameful private conversations.
That’s not to mention the fact the nation’s captain is being routinely criticised and the number one goalkeeper was hastily transferred abroad.
Therefore, there is great reason to suggest that Southgate might just become permanent England manager after the latest international break. This is a view corroborated by the Telegraph.
The very publication that instigated Allardyce’s downfall is of the belief that his successor’s announcement is imminent.
The 46-year-old is believed to have been informed that he will be unveiled as the new boss after the final whistles blows in the friendly against Spain. This is on the assumption that England play to a satisfying level versus both Scotland and La Roja.
Consequently, if this report is to be believed, Southgate can count himself as good as manager unless his side caves in over the next week.
The FA are believed to be extremely impressed with Southgate’s tenure thus far and the handling of Wayne Rooney being dropped for the Slovenia game in particular. They are set to inform other candidates, such as Arsene Wenger, of their decision soon.
So, whether England fans like it or not, it appears Southgate is the man to lead the Three Lions into future tournaments. If that is the case, it can only be hoped he manages England better than he took penalties for them.
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