Southgate refuses to leave job as England head coach despite criticism


(MENAFN) Gareth Southgate refused to leave his job as England head coach after criticism in advance of 2023’s World Cup in spite of taking his team to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals as well as the Euro 2020 final.

England dealt with a lot of difficulties ahead of reaching to Qatar and were bashed following the 4-0 loss at home versus Hungary in the Nations League in June.

Southgate then believed that the right decision is to declare that the World Cup would be his final competition with the intention of getting extra backing from the supporters behind the team.

"I never want to be in a position where my presence is affecting the team in a negative way," he informed BBC Sport on Thursday. Adding, "The last thing you want as a coach is for your presence to be divisive and inhibit performance."

He continued: "My only concern (...) was when you feel there can be division between what the fans want and where my position might have been, that can affect the team, and I was aware of that going into the World Cup."

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