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Southgate, assistant sign new contract for extension

Supreme Desk
22 Nov 2021 3:17 PM GMT
Southgate, assistant sign new contract for extension
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The 51-year-old’s deal was set to expire after 2022 World Cup but he and his assistant Steve Holland have signed a two-year extension through to December 2024.

Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract to extend his stay as England manager to 2024. The 51-year-old's deal was set to expire after 2022 World Cup but he and his assistant Steve Holland have signed a two-year extension through to December 2024. It is reward for the great strides England have made under Southgate, who later this month will celebrate five years in charge of the national team. During that time the former Middlesbrough boss has led the Three Lions to a first World Cup semi-final since 1990, a third-placed finish in the Nations League and the final of the European Championship for the first time. He was delighted that Steve and him has been able to extend their stay in their respective roles.

Southgate said it remains an incredible privilege to lead the team. He would like to take the opportunity to thank Mark (Bullingham, Football Association chief executive). John (McDermott, technical director) and the board for their support – and of course the players and support team for their hard work. He said they have a great opportunity in front of them and he knows they and the fans are all excited about what the squad could achieve in future.

Bullingham admitted over the summer that it was the FA's intention to offer Southgate a new deal. Southgate has been at pains to stress since the summer's European Championship that he would not discuss the matter until qualification for the World Cup was secured. That goal was achieved this month as England sealed top spot in Group I in emphatic fashion with a 10-0 win in San Marino, coming days after a 5-0 victory against Albania.

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