Reed admits to Southgate fears
FA technical director Les Reed says it may be a “tough ask” to prevent England manager Gareth Southgate from taking a Premier League job in the future.
Southgate has enjoyed unprecedented success since succeeding Sam Allardyce as England manager back in 2016, as he guided the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, as well as the Nations League finals the following year.
The 49-year-old has also overseen England’s 100% start to Euro 2020 qualifying and the impressive work he has carried out with the national team is likely to soon lead to interest from Premier League clubs.
"I’m expecting this game to be one of the toughest tests that we’ll face this season."https://t.co/gmsT2F4Myw
— England (@England) September 10, 2019
Reed admits it is a concern that Southgate could be tempted back into club management at some stage, but he is confident the former defender will remain with England for some time to come due to his desire to lead his country to a major international title.
“It would be a tough ask depending on what he was offered,” Reed told Sky Sports.”But I know Gareth’s mindset at the moment is that he wants to be an England manager that wins something.
“I think the attraction of being the next England manager to take us to a World Cup final is a strong pull and also I think he knows that by doing that his stock’s not going to go down.”
Southgate’s only experience of club management to date came during a three-year spell with Middlesbrough, although he suffered relegation from the Premier League with the Teessiders shortly before being sacked in October 2009.