REVEALED: The FA are open to appointing a foreign manager to succeed Gareth Southgate amid fears the England boss could step down after heartbreaking World Cup quarter-final exit, with Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino both interested
- The FA are considering their next appointment should Gareth Southgate leave
- The England boss is contemplating his future after the recent loss to France
- An English candidate would likely be the preference as Southgate’s successor
- But candidates like Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel are also considered
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The Football Association are open to the idea of appointing a foreign England head coach amid fears Gareth Southgate is ready to leave.
Southgate is considering his future following the team’s heartbreaking World Cup exit at the hands of France on Saturday and is taking a period of reflection during which he will speak to those closest to him before making a final decision.
The FA are desperate for Southgate, the country’s best performing manager since Sir Alf Ramsey, to remain in charge for the Euro 2024 campaign and will make clear they want him to stay during talks, which will be led by FA technical director John McDermott, in the coming weeks.
Gareth Southgate is considering his future as England boss after their World Cup elimination
The Three Lions were dumped out of the competition by reigning champions France
But if the FA cannot execute plan A, it is understood that, at this stage, they are not ruling out appointing a non-Englishman if Southgate walks after six years in charge.
There is no obvious English candidate to replace Southgate. Newcastle boss Eddie Howe and Chelsea head coach Graham Potter are widely-recognised as the two strongest English managers in the Premier League at the moment.
But there is a significant doubt over whether either are prepared to leave club football at this moment in time.
Frank Lampard, currently Everton boss, and Steven Gerrard may also emerge as home-grown candidates.
Brendan Rodgers has admirers at the FA, but while he has spent the vast majority of his coaching career in England the current Leicester boss is Northern Irish. Steve Cooper, currently at Nottingham Forest, could be an option but he is Welsh.
Former Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard could become Gareth Southgate’s successor
Everton boss Frank Lampard is another who’d be considered as an option by the FA
Pep Guardiola would be viewed as a dream appointment, but the Spanish boss has only recently signed a new deal at Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel would both be interested in the England job if it became available, but there has been doubt over whether they would even be considered given they are Argentinian and German, respectively.
However, the FA will take an open-minded approach should Southgate depart and will consider all options in order to make the best possible appointment.
Pertinently, England’s Lionesses were lead to World Cup glory by Sarina Wiegman – who is Dutch – earlier this year.
The FA’s post-Covid budget is also likely to be factor should the organisation move to appoint a new boss.
Thomas Tuchel has not had a job since he was sacked as Chelsea manager this year
The governing body suffered huge financial losses – as high as £300million – as a result of the pandemic.
Southgate’s current deal is understood to be worth in the region of £6million a year, an amount significantly less than what Rodgers, Pochettino and Tuchel are used to earning.
In particular, releasing Rodgers out of his deal with the Foxes, would cost millions given his £8million salary.
England players have been left second-guessing whether Southgate intends to continue in the job.
Members of the Three Lions squad, who want their boss to stay, are well aware of the possibility of Southgate leaving and have been looking for clues towards their managers decision.
Mauricio Pochettino would be on the FA’s shortlist should Southgate decide to leave
Southgate did not address the issue with his squad during the tournament, leaving them looking for an subtle indicators from their manager.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane has been given a week to overcome the heartache of his World Cup penalty miss as the England captain prepares himself for a return to domestic action.
Kane and his international team-mates returned home from Qatar on Sunday, the day after the quarter-final loss to France in which Kane missed a late spot kick to equalise.
The striker was visibly emotional after the final whistle – but Kane only has seven days to get over the disappointment with his return to Tottenham scheduled for Monday, December 19.
Eric Dier, who was also part of the England squad, is also due back at the start of next week. Tottenham face Brentford on Boxing Day.
Harry Kane will talk with Spurs staff on his mental health after his penalty miss against France
Spurs head coach Antonio Conte will talk to Kane upon his return to check the 29-year-old’s state of mind following what will have been an emotional week.
Kane admitted straight after England’s defeat that the pain of missing his penalty and losing to France will ‘hurt for a long time.’
But Spurs need Kane firing on all cylinders when the season restarts as they push for Champions League qualification.
Chelsea’s England players, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Conor Gallagher, are expected to return this week to prepare for the game against Bournemouth on December 27.
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