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Gareth Southgate appointed Under 21s coach

Breaking news on SSN is Gareth Southgate is the new Under 21s coach. Southgate has landed the role ahead of Steve McClaren who was considered a front-runner despite his dismal reign as England boss, failing to qualify for Euro 2008. But after talks with the FA McClaren withdrew his application. 

Reporting to The FA’s Director of Elite Development Dan Ashworth and working closely with Managing Director of Club England Adrian Bevington, Southgate will also oversee the coaches with responsibility for the U20s through to the U16s.

Southgate said: “I’m delighted to get this role and extremely excited about the prospect of working with the best and brightest young players in the country.I'm a proud Englishman and playing for my country was the pinnacle of my playing career. Since retiring as a player I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience of the game both here and abroad, and I'm eager to play my part in preparing players to compete at the highest level."


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AFC_Harry34 · Arsenal fan

Reckon he's a good appointment myself, can do a good job

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mrsentah · Liverpool fan

What's a waste

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walshi1987 · Blackburn Rovers fan

@mikey4291 That was my first thought but most of the time the U21s play the day before the seniors & not always in the same location so it'd be impractical really.

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mikey4291 · Man Utd fan

Hodgson should have his assistants or himself doing it

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walshi1987 · Blackburn Rovers fan

I doubt Southgate will do any better than Pearce but don't suppose he'll do any worse. Until the Premier League forces clubs to produce English talent it won't really matter who is Under 21s coach.

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