The FA is eager to extend England manager Gareth Southgate’s contract beyond 2020. The former England international signed a four-year contract in 2016 which will keep him in the national team till 2020. However, after leading England to an unexpected fourth place finish at the World Cup in Russia, the Football Association want to keep Southgate after 2020. Provided England qualify for Euro 2020, Southgate will stay till the 2022 World Cup.
FA’s CEO Martin Glenn said, “We’d like him to stay beyond 2020 and I think he would like that too but we haven’t spoken about it in any depth because that would be a contract discussion and he’s on holiday now so we’ll talk about that when he gets back. It’s our job to make it competitive to make sure him and all of our people are competitively rewarded. We can never compete with a Premier League club in terms of pay.”
Gareth Southgate became only the third England manager after Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson to coach the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final. Glenn heaped plenty of praise on the 47-year old. He’s really blossomed,” Glenn said. “It was fantastic seeing him first hand in pressure situations. He fits the definition of the modern manager we want. He gets that it’s not just picking the team but all the aspects behind it and has benefited from a world-class support team. I’m sure he’d be the first to say that.”