It’s all change at England and Gareth Southgate is at the heart of it.
The ex-Middlesbrough coach has taken charge of four games as interim boss; garnering two wins and as many draws along the way. In light of this satisfying form, many believe it’s his to lose.
Therefore, there is already prominent speculation as to whom the 46-year-old will add to his coaching team. As it turns out, he may have already made up his mind.
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According to the Mirror, Southgate will fight to hire Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as coaches in his new-look England set-up.
Both players could be facing retirement imminently having ditched the MLS simultaneously. Lampard has announced his New York City departure, whereas Gerrard has said his goodbyes at LA Galaxy.
Therefore, the legendary duo are available and Southgate is apparently waiting in the wings to snap them up.
Certainly in the case of Gerrard, a move into coaching wouldn’t prove too alien. After all, rumours have been circulating that the 36-year-old could assume a role at Liverpool or even inherit the vacant MK Dons manager position.
Regardless of this though, the FA are believed to be enthusiastic of having two of England’s greatest ever midfielders involved with the side again.
Besides, Gerrard and Lampard have 220 England caps between them and 50 goals to boot. Moreover, their collective trophy cabinet boasts two Champions Leagues, six FA Cups, five League Cups and three Premier League titles.
It certainly wouldn’t be an untried method for the FA either. David Beckham joined the squad in a coaching role during the 2010 World Cup and Gary Neville took on a similar position between 2012 and 2016.
At the very least, any such decision would excite the fans. After all, few can doubt that England’s midfield hasn’t looked the same since they both hung up their boots.
Before any major decisions are made about coaching staff however, the FA need to decide who will take the country forward as manager. Southgate is almost certain to assume the role, but will still face an interview on Monday.
Nevertheless, if the 46-year-old passes the final hurdle, then there’s no reason why he couldn’t go in search of the star-studded duo.
Even then, one of them may decide to carry on playing, coach elsewhere or even become a manager in their own right. Whatever happens though, Gerrard and Lampard running training sessions is an undoubtedly an appetising prospect.
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