Gareth Southgate is New England Manager

Gareth Southgate is New England Manager

Gareth Southgate has been appointed as new England national new manager having agreed a four-year contract that runs till 2020.

He was interviewed by the FA’s five-man selection panel at St George’s Park where he agreed a deal through to 2020, with a break clause after the World Cup in Russia that can be triggered by either party.

Southgate will earn around £1.5 million as salary a year. Reports also have it that he was the only manager interviewed for the position by the panel. His first assignment will be to lead  a friendly against Germany in Dortmund on March 22 before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley four days later.

In his remarks after his appointment, Southgate said: “I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I’m also conscious that getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there’s huge potential. I’m determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they’re proud of and one that they’re going to enjoy watching play and develop.

For me, the hard work starts now.” Southgate takes over from former manager Sam Allardyce, who left his post in September as England manager by mutual agreement with the Football Association, after one match and 67 days in charge.

During his 18-year playing career, Southgate made close to 650 appearances with Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, earning 57 England caps in the process.

He then managed Middlesbrough in the Premier League between 2006 and 2009 before becoming the FA’s head of elite development in January 2011. He took over the under-21 side in August 2013.