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Is Gareth Southgate the man for England?


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Gareth Southgate was appointed caretaker manager of the England team when his predecessor Sam Allardyce was forced out of his position after just 67 days.

Southgate was given little time to prepare for his first two matches in charge. A 2-0 win over Malta on Saturday and a 0-0 draw with Slovenia meant that England remained top of their qualification group - but for a country with such great footballing pedigree these are two very unconvincing results.

Southgate has told the BBC that the side he has taken over needs to be kept on track.

"We have taken over a mess really and had to steady the ship," he said.

England and Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been expressing his anger at these comments, as seen in the mirror.

Wright is filmed ranting and during the video says: ""We don't need stability, we need rock and roll."

Although Southgate was not expected to solve all the team's issues within a matter of days, fans were hoping to see some signs of improvement being made - but the displays on Saturday and Tuesday were similar to those we saw in France this summer: disappointing.

According to Skybet Southgate is still the bookies favourite to become the next full time England manager at 5/4, but with other names such as Roberto Mancini at 3/1 and Arsene Wenger at 5/1 there could be a great amount of choice presented to the FA when looking to fill the vacant position. 

We spoke to students to see who they believe should be given the chance to rescue the England team...

Adam Keal: "Eddie Howe, because he's managed to get Bournemouth playing good football without having the best players in the league - so he should be able to get the best out of England."

Jake Pointon: "Harry Redknapp. I think he would make an excellent England manager as his style of play has always been typically British; strong and appealing to watch. His time at Tottenham allowed him to build a solid regular team, and every team he has been at he has always been consistent and he also provides good support to players to allow them to develop and flourish, which I feel the current England team are lacking. I feel a manager of his experience would greatly improve the England team's attitude, making England a team to be feared again."

Bryan Ruby: "I'd say Redknapp but he's been out the game a while. Maybe an ex-player, like Ferdinand or Beckham as they know what it takes to represent their country. It has to be an Englishman for me; I want a manager who is proud to represent their own country."

Jake Self: "I think we should appoint Arsene Wenger as the next England manager, but not until the end of the season, and should have Southgate in charge until then. I reckon Wenger would be the best choice as he would bring quick short term success due to his knowledge at the highest level and will also bring in a lot of youth players, which will only help the national team progress."

Luke Beaumont: "In my opinion, I think we should give Southgate it for the short term and next few qualifiers, up until the end of the Premier league season. Then try to persuade Wenger to come in because he's really good at bringing young lads through and turning them into top players. And obviously because Wenger wouldn't be long term, he could set the job up perfectly for a young English manager like Eddie Howe."

Personally I believe that Southgate was the right man for the job and he still could change opinions in his next two matches - but if he falls short of expectations I would like to see Ralf Ragnick (best known for his time at Bundesliga club, Schalke,) given the opportunity.

After being approached previously, the 58-year-old German has enjoyed managerial success throughout his career and I believe could do a good job moulding the England side into a well organised machine that could compete against top nations for years to come.


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