After a long period of failure in the major tournaments for the three lions, will Gareth Southgate prove to be the man to turn this around or will we have more failure in the future years to come? I give my view on it..
How he has done so far..
It’s certainly not been a disastrous start for Southgate as England boss. After starting with a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Malta, this was followed up by a 0-0 draw away at Slovenia. A month later he registered his second win as manger with a impressive 3-0 win at home to Scotland followed by a 2-2 draw against Spain in a friendly, in which England were leading and played well for most of the match.
His managerial career..
He’s previously managed Middlesbrough, guiding them to 12th and 13th placed finishes in the Premier League in his first two seasons at the club before being relegated in his 3rd season. He was sacked harshly in his 4th season with Boro’ being just one point off top spot in the Championship.
He has managed the England under 21 side guiding them successfully to the finals of the U21 European championship in 2015.
I think previously managing the U21 could help a lot bringing the youth players through and giving them game time for the first team. He will know a lot about each of the players and how they will fit in.
He’s had the experience of managing the first team of a premier league club in Middlesbrough too and it is fair to say he did a relatively good job there.
I quite like his selection for the games coming up against Germany and Lithuania, basing it on form more than anything else, including the likes of Defoe despite the age and dropping the likes of Wilshere. At the moment there is no reason in my eyes as to why he is not the right man with 4 solid performances so far too on top of this. The Germany game will be a big indication as to where we are at the moment and how far away we are from being the best of the best…