Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Southgate's Determined to Give Fans 'Team to Be Proud Of'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Southgate's Determined to Give Fans 'Team to Be Proud Of'

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GARETH Southgate was unequivocal when asked where he wanted to be when his initial four-year contract as England manager comes to an end.

The 46-year-old was appointed as the Three Lions head coach on a permanent deal on Wednesday, having taken the reins on an interim basis for the previous four games.

He was labelled a "tough negotiator" by Martin Glenn, chief executive of the Football Association, after his deal did not come with the expected break clause to cover the possibility of a poor showing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Now the former under-21 boss is looking to bring the excitement back to the national team while blooding the players from the younger ranks he already knows so much about.

He spoke to the media from the bowels of Wembley Stadium as he was unveiled as Sam Allardyce's successor.

When he was asked where he wanted to be in four years, his answer was he did not want to go far at all - geographically, at least.

"I hope where we are sitting now," he replied. "There is a (Euro 2020) semi-final and final at Wembley and if we are sitting very close to where we are now we will be pretty pleased I'm sure.

"There are great expectations which come with this job and I look forward to embracing that and taking on this challenge.

"It's an honour and a great challenge but the hard work starts now.

"I'm very proud and excited to be in the role but getting the job isn't the destination for me, making a success of the team is the key.

"I'd like an England team which excites the public, which supporters look forward to watching and ultimately that they're proud of.

"If we achieve those things, we'll be on the right course."

Southgate has been labelled an 'FA man' in some quarters, having worked in their framework for a number of years, and the organisation want to see him bring through not only young talent but a fresh way of playing on the national stage.

To do that, there was no break clause inserted in his deal and he was keen to explain why he felt it was important he was given an initial four-year stint. …

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