Gareth Southgate intends to stay on as England manager until the conclusion of the 2024 European Championships.
Reports indicate that Southgate is “convinced” he should stay on and will inform the FA of his decision before Christmas.
Southgate told bosses at the FA he needed time to consider his future after England bowed out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage to reigning champions France.
“These tournaments take a lot out of you,” Southgate said after England’s exit, “we’ve done that after every tournament and that’s the right thing to do. I don’t want to be four, five months down the line thinking I’ve made the wrong call. It’s too important for everybody to get that wrong.”
After conversations with his family, it is understood Southgate is convinced he should remain in charge of England, and will see out his contract until the conclusion of the European Championship in Germany in 2024.
Since taking charge in 2016, Southgate guided England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020 before reaching the last eight at Qatar 2022.
“If Southgate left now, it would leave the FA in a very difficult position.
“Their next game is in March against Italy in Naples, an incredibly difficult game that could define England’s qualification for Euro 2024. That’s why they needed a decision from Southgate pretty quickly. They weren’t going to put pressure on him, they were going give him the time to make his own mind up.