Five months ago, Gareth Southgate said he was not experienced enough to coach the England football team. However, today, it was entirely different story as he was handed one of soccer’s most difficult, and high-profile, jobs as England boss.
Mr Southgate, 46, decided not to put himself in contention for the role after Roy Hodgson left. Instead, Sam Allardyce was given the job, but ended up leaving after just one game in charge, after allegations that he was willing to take bribes.
That left Mr Southgate to step up to the plate and, over the course of four games, he proved himelf with two wins and two draws. He said that he thought if he was appointed back in July, there would have been criticism that he was promoted internally.
However, now that he has had the chance to prove himself, he says he has been able to show that he can handle the role, and the pressure – getting results during big matches.
Even thought he has only ever had one first-team managerial role before, in Middlesbrough for three years, he feels he has what is needed. He said that he had experience as a player, and in charge of the under-21 team, which meant that he worked closely with many members of England’s current senior squad.
He will be hoping that his current form continues, given that he has had an unbeaten run while he was interim coach. There were wins against Scotland and Malta and draws against Spain and Slovenia.
Mr Southgate has, so far, appeared very relaxed in his post. He has also shown that he is not afraid to be controversial and nor is he afraid to drop big name players if he does not feel the squad is working. Captain Wayne Rooney did not play in Mr Southgate’s second match.