England manager Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract that is set to keep him in the job until December 2024.
Southgate took over in 2016 with the Three Lions in crisis. Still reeling from a disastrous Euros, where they were dumped out by minnows Iceland, Sam Allardyce was then sacked after just one game in charge after being subjected to an undercover sting operation.
Since then, Southgate has guided England back to the upper echelons of the international game, leading his side to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup before going one step further in last summer’s Euros.
His deal was set to expire in the summer, with speculation rife over whether he would pen fresh terms before then. On Monday, these rumours were put to an end with the FA confirming that a new contract had been agreed.
“The FA is delighted to confirm Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland have signed new contracts through to December 2024,” a statement read.
“Southgate, who marks five years in charge at the end of this month, has overseen a period of positive progress guiding England to a FIFA World Cup semi-final and UEFA Nations League third place before securing the best men’s performance in 55 years with the UEFA EURO final this summer.”
“The new deal means Southgate and his assistant Holland will lead England to the 2022 World Cup, for which qualification was secured earlier this month, before taking the team through qualifying for the 2024 EURO, which starts in March 2023.”
Southgate said: “I am delighted that Steve and I have been able to extend our stay in our respective roles. It remains an incredible privilege to lead this team.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark, John and the Board for their support – and of course the players and support team for their hard work. We have a great opportunity in front of us and I know they and the fans are all excited about what this squad could achieve in future.”
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