We were surprised when Gareth Southgate was given the England job because he’s done nothing in club management to suggest he’s good enough to manage England successfully.
We hope we are wrong, but he has very little experience in management and had a failed spell as the Middlesbrough manager from 2006 through 2009.
The Smoggies were relegated with Newcastle back in 2009, and he’s never been back in club management.
Gareth went into the England coaching setup in 2013 managing the U21 side, and they qualified for the finals of the European U21 Championship in 2015.
But we finished last in the group stages and didn’t advance to the knockout stages.
Gareth Southgate – failed club manager now manager of England
The inclination these days is to have an Englishman manage the England side, and Rafa has commented on that.
He says it’s easier to get the England job than to manage one of the top six sides in the Premier League.
He’s right there.
Here’s what the Newcastle boss has said in the Mail today:
“The England manager’s job is a difficult job, but you have more chances to get the job because you are English.”
“The top six jobs, it is different because you have foreign owners spending a lot of money, and what they want is the best.”
“That doesn’t have to be English, just the best.”
“In England, I know you talk about having an English manager.”
“You have four or five options and it is easier than getting a job in the top six.”
Let’s hope Rafa Benitez is soon the manager of a top six side.
One problem we have with foreign managers is that it’s sometimes difficult to understand what Antonio Conte, Pepe Guardiola, and Mauricio Pochettino (as just 3 examples) are saying because their English is not too good.
There – I’ve said it!
What do you think?