England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that he would like to return to club coaching at some point in his career and feels motivated to “prove people wrong” about his record with domestic football.
Southgate, who was England’s full-time manager in 2016, signed a new contract until 2024 on Monday after leading his country to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and Euro 2020 final last summer.
The 51-year-old had only worked at club level at Middlesbrough and lasted three years before his career ended with relegation from the Premier League in 2009.
Southgate told English media on Monday: “I am clearly challenged because people’s view of my coaching for clubs is related to relegation. I feel in my heart that I want to prove people wrong, the day will come when I do it and I am sure.
He added, “If I decide within three years that I will do so, I will be 53 years old and have work experience in one of the most difficult positions in football, and with managing the most difficult matches in world football.”
England qualified for the World Cup finals in Qatar after leading the group and following their 10-0 victory over San Marino last week.