England Manager Gareth Southgate Reveals How Criticism From Fans And Media Made Him Consider Quitting

England manager Gareth Southgate reveals how criticism from fans and media made him consider quitting

Gareth Southgate has opened up about why he considered walking away from his role as England manager following the 2022 World Cup. 


Southgate says he needed time to think about his future after England were beaten in the quarter-finals in Qatar, however,  it was their disappointing Nations League campaign that made him think about his future.

England had a torrid Nations League campaign where they failed to win any of their six matches, which included a 4-0 defeat to Hungary, and were relegated from League A to League B.

“I was worried after that game the team would be affected by the narrative about whether the manager stay or go, and when we went into the games in September we were a little bit anxious,” he told BBC Sport.


“At Wembley against Germany the crowd weren’t against their team but they were waiting to see what happened.

“I’ve been around teams where that can inhibit performance, and the last thing you want as a manager is that your presence is divisive and inhibits performance..

“I knew I had support with the players and [the FA], there are bigger things at stake with England than just [that].

“My only concern was when it feels like there might be division between what the fans want and where my position might have been, that can affect the team, and I was conscious of that leading into the World Cup.

“I felt we had great support, but I was conscious, how would things be during and after?”

Although England only reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup, where they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by France, the Three Lions’ performances were much improved.

Southgate, who has a contract that runs until 2024 after the European Championship in Germany, was “conflicted” about whether he should stay as manager post-Qatar.

“I think it’s easy to rush things when emotions are high, and very often you have to sleep a little bit more and come to the right conclusions.

“The question for me was, ‘is it the right thing to keep taking this project on?’ Because it’s not just the six years I’ve been with the seniors – I’ve been here 10 years with developing everything as well. So I wanted to make sure I’m still fresh and hungry for that challenge.”

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