Gareth Southgate onderteken Engeland se kontrak verlenging na Euro 2024

Gareth Southgate het 'n verlenging van twee jaar van sy kontrak as Engelse bestuurder onderteken, wat sy ampstermyn tot Desember strek 2024. Die transaksie het glo sy jaarlikse salaris verdubbel tot sowat £6 miljoen en, if he remains in place until its conclusion, Southgate will have occupied the position for more than eight years.

An agreement was effectively a formality once England qualified for next year’s World Cup in Qatar by beating San Marino 10-0 and talks were predictably smooth with the Football Association’s technical director, John McDermott, and chief executive, Mark Bullingham. Southgate himself said after the San Marino game that he did not expect any complications in tying up a deal.

Southgate has been in the job since September 2016 and followed up a semi-final at the 2018 World Cup by leading the team to the Euro 2020 finaal, their first at a major tournament since 1966. The 51-year-old former England international has been employed by the FA since August 2013, initially as coach of England Under-21s. His assistant, Steve Holland, has also signed a new contract.

Upon the confirmation of the pair’s new terms, Southgate said: “I am delighted that Steve and I have been able to extend our stay in our respective roles. It remains an incredible privilege to lead this team.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark, John and the board for their support, and of course the players and support team for their hard work. We have a great opportunity in front of us and I know they and the fans are all excited about what this squad could achieve in future.”

Southgate will now lead Engeland into the World Cup in 12 months’ time and, provided they qualify, the Euro 2024 finals in Germany. His team’s most immediate assignments will be a pair of friendlies in March, followed in June by four Nations League games.

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