Friday, September 29, 2023

England boss Gareth Southgate explains why he can’t rule out Saudi Arabia switch

England manager Gareth Southgate has been asked about the possibility of a future move to Saudi Arabia. While he hasn’t ruled it out completely, Southgate emphasized that he is currently focused on Euro 2024 in Germany and not thinking about a new adventure in the Gulf nation. He acknowledged that it’s difficult to answer such a question without being in that specific scenario. Southgate’s former England teammate, Stuart Pearce, jokingly expressed his interest in joining Southgate’s coaching team if the move were to happen. The conversation brought some laughter, but Southgate didn’t provide a response. Pearce playfully mentioned that he’s ready to go and loves traveling, hinting at his willingness to be part of the potential venture. In the midst of this discussion, talkSPORT introduced their new match center, where football fans can stay updated with the latest fixtures, results, and standings. The article concludes with links to the Premier League fixtures, table, all fixtures and results, and all league tables.
Gareth Southgate has today responded to a wave of speculation regarding a possible move to Saudi Arabian club side Al-Hilal, reiterating that his focus remains firmly on the challenges ahead with England.

Southgate, who has been at the helm of the England setup since 2016, refused to rule out a move away from International football. When asked about the prospect of a switch to Al-Hilal, the former Middlesbrough boss explained that “it would be wrong to make a public comment on a club’s interest in a manager, whether it is me or anyone else”.

Despite resisting the urge to commit to or rule out such a move, Southgate went on to make it clear that his current priority is with the Three Lions, and outlined a threefold plan for Euro 2020 success.

Southgate maintained that focus was the most important thing, noting that as long as England remain clear daylight on performance goals, then any noise from outside the camp can be easily blocked out. The former Crystal Palace defender continued, talking up the need for England to remain ‘on the same page’, developing a ‘clarified vision for the team’ going into the tournament next summer. Finally, he suggested that the team develop “tools and strategies” for players “to equip them as best as possible when they go out on to the pitch”.

The 48-year-old then went on to explain that these goals are something he feels passionately about, and that he is fully committed to these plans for the coming 18-months.

Whatever the future holds, it’s clear that Southgate is dedicated to getting the very best out of this England side and creating a lasting legacy. With the tournament just around the corner, all eyes will be on the Three Lions to see if they can match the Sir Alf Ramsey side of 1966 and bring home football’s greatest prize.

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