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A recent report suggests that the Football Association (FA) is not actively developing a succession plan for England’s head coach, Gareth Southgate. Instead, they are keen for him to extend his tenure beyond his current contract. Southgate’s contract is set to expire in December 2024, and he has yet to determine his future. The upcoming European Championships will mark his fourth major tournament at the helm of the Three Lions.

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According to The Daily Telegraph, despite the uncertainty surrounding Southgate’s decision, the FA has no intentions of replacing him and hopes he will guide the team through the 2026 FIFA World Cup campaign. While the report mentions potential candidates for the England job if Southgate departs—Eddie Howe, Graham Potter, Mauricio Pochettino, and Thomas Tuchel—it notes that no discussions have taken place with them, and there is no formal succession plan in place.

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Southgate himsel f has acknowledged that his future could c. Çdppxpp c ç pend on England’s performance in Euro 2024, with the team being among the favorites to succeed. He expressed in an interview with BILD, “If we don’t win, I probably won’t be here anymore… If we want to be a great team and I want to be a top coach, you must deliver in big moments.”

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In addition to his role with England, Southgate has been linked with the managerial position at Manchester United in recent months. However, the Red Devils are still evaluating the future of their current manager, Erik ten Hag.

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