Why Gareth Southgate might just be England’s best manager since Terry Venables

Gareth Southgate

No. Nope. Nuh-uh. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. And further variations on that theme but with added profanity. This, we imagine, is most readers’ reaction to that headline, and not without reason. Gareth Southgate hasn’t even managed England’s men at a tournament yet, nor taken on a top international side in any competitive fixture.

So, to say that Southgate has already done more things right than any of his predecessors over the past 22 years, since Terry Venables took England to a European Championship semi-final… that’s a ridiculous suggestion, isn’t it? We say no. Nope. Nuh-uh. It’s not ridiculous at all.

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