Southgate won’t listen to job offers until after Euro 2024

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  • Post published:March 23, 2024

England manager Gareth Southgate says he will not listen to job offers until after the Euro 2024 despite being linked with Manchester United.

Prior to his fourth major tournament with the national team, Southgate has not yet reached an agreement to extend his contract with England, which expires in December.

In the event that Jim Ratcliffe, the co-owner of Old Trafford, decides to remove the Dutchman, the 53-year-old is supposedly United’s first choice to replace the under fire Ten Hag.

With his whole attention focused on guiding England to their first men’s international title since the 1966 World Cup, Southgate announced on Friday that contract negotiations with the Football Association have been put on pause.

“I think there are two things from my point of view. One is that I’m the England manager. I’ve got one job, basically, to try and deliver a European Championship,” Southgate said ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Brazil at Wembley.

“And the second thing is Manchester United have a manager and I think it’s always completely disrespectful when there’s any speculation about a manager that’s in place.

“I’m president of the LMA (League Managers’ Association) so I don’t have any time for that sort of thing, really.”

Dave Brailsford, a member of United’s football operations unit under Ratcliffe, is reportedly good with Southgate.

He gets along well with Dan Ashworth, the sporting director of Newcastle, who is reportedly another contender to come to Old Trafford.

After guiding England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, the 2021 European Championship final, and the World Cup quarterfinals in Qatar, Southgate’s reputation is high.

Regardless of if the opportunity to join United ultimately arises, Southgate stated he won’t talk to anyone until after the European Championship.

“I think I’ve answered this every time I’ve sat with you,” Southgate said. “Yeah, my focus is a European Championship.

“If we did something, a contract, here before everybody would be saying, ‘why are you signing a contract before a Euros where you’ve got to prove yourself?’.

“I’m certainly not going to speak to anybody else ahead of that. I never have.

“I’ve been eight years in the job. I wouldn’t entertain speaking to anybody else when I’m in the job.”