The England U21s coach has reportedly turned down the chance to coach England – even on an interim basis – in what is likely to improve very embarrassing news for the beleaguered governing body.
Accordin to The Telegraph, Soutgate feels that being interim manager would not be the right move for him in his stage of his career.
Southgate has been in charged of the England age grade team since August 2013 and in that time has led the side to the finals of the European Championship in 2015.
With his background in developing young players and working within the confines of international football environments, Southgate would have been the obvious appointment for an interim position. However, it now seems the FA will need to look elsewhere for their man.
If the FA do decide to go down the route of having a caretaker manager before appointing someone on a long-term basis, they may have to resort to the likes of former England coach Glenn Hoddle taking on the role for the short-term, even though Hoddle has not coached or managed a professional outfit for ten years.
Hoddle is said to be keen to take on the role, but the fact that even Southgate is not interested in the position now shows just how much of a poisoned chalice the job is becoming in the world of professional football.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena