England make mega-money offer to Gareth Southgate to ward off Premier League interest


The FA are keen for England manager Gareth Southgate to sign a contract extension before a Premier League club comes knocking for him with a potentially lucrative offer. Despite being just 11 games into the new campaign, five managers have already been sacked by English top-flight teams and the FA are wary that it is only a matter of time before Southgate is a candidate on a shortlist for a vacancy.

England have endured a different kind of heartbreak in recent years with credit to Southgate, the disappointment of being the biggest flop at a major tournament has been replaced by the pain of just missing out on silverware.

The 2018 World Cup was a huge sign of progress by the Three Lions, losing 2-1 after extra-time to Croatia – though it is easy to be infuriated by the result given the chances Southgate’s men missed.

Then this summer, England gave the country the summer that everyone needed up until the very bitter end.

The Three Lions dominated the majority of the Euro 2020 tournament but lost out to Italy in the final on penalties, with Southgate’s decision to bring on three players in the dying embers of the game raising plenty of questions after the trio all missed.

However, the FA have brushed over that and want to double the former Aston Villa boss’ wages in order to keep him in his current post.

According to The Sun, Southgate will be offered a £6milllion-a-year salary on a three-year contract after the upcoming international break.

Currently, the 51-year-old’s £3m-a-year deal expires after the Qatar World Cup next year and he has previously refused to talk on whether he will put pen to paper in order to continue his stay in the dugout of Wembley Stadium.

Asked about next year’s tournament after the Euro 2020 final, Southgate said: “That feels a million miles away. For certain this team can be better and can improve.

“You have seen the young players we have blooded in this tournament and been absolutely fantastic.

“The players have been incredible to work with and tonight is going to be extremely difficult of course and you have to feel that disappointment because the opportunities to win trophies like this are so rare in your life.

“But when they reflect what they have done they should be incredibly proud of themselves.”

The news that Southgate has been offered a bumper deal comes as no surprise considering FA Chief Mark Bullingham revealed mid-Euros that the general consensus is that they want the former Middlesbrough boss in charge of England for many years to come.

“We would love Gareth to carry on beyond this contract.

“We’ll get into that formal conversation after this tournament but if you ask me now, I’d say ‘Yes, we’d like him to carry on’.

“Our support is unwavering. We are 100 per cent behind Gareth. He knows how we feel about him. We want him to carry on.

“We’re in a competitive world, I’m sure his name gets bandied around for every job but as far as I know he’s really committed to the job.”

It remains to be seen whether Southgate does in fact find himself in negotiations with the FA over a new deal or whether the ex-Crystal Palace player is eying up a return to club management instead.



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