Gareth Southgate insists that he will not be leaving his head coaching position for Chelsea or any other team after England’s semi-final defeat in the United Nations League.
Holland beat the Three Lions 3-1 on Friday, knocking them in the same stage they progressed till in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Questions were immediately raised over whether Southgate will step down as the England manager for potentially a position at Chelsea. The 48-year-old was quick to kill off any sort of speculation by stating that he is uninterested in club management and so is his assistant and former Chelsea manager, Steve Holland.
“I’m committed to England, simple as that. I don’t need to hedge my bets in keeping doors open or keeping things alive,” he told a press conference “There’s no way that I would leave England at this point in time, to take any job.
“The only thing on my mind is that we’ve got a European Championship next summer and we’ve got to keep improving to be the best possible team we can be for this country.
“Why would I rush to leave that opportunity and chance to affect not just the football but the other parts that the role brings. My sole focus is producing the best team possible for England.”
Southgate admitted the possibility of Holland leaving for a higher coaching position in the future. He added, “I’m sure that at some point in the future [Holland] is going to want to be a manager and take that opportunity. I don’t believe that would be now, because he is very committed to the work we are doing, looking forward to next summer.
“But I also understand that, when you have a good staff, they’re going to be coveted by other people. That’s a healthy sign because you don’t want bad staff that nobody wants.
“He’s the best assistant in the country, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. I’m very fortunate to have him with me.”
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