England report: Two former Premier League managers on shortlist to replace Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate is under contract with England for two more years (Image credit: Getty)

England could approach Thomas Tuchel or Mauricio Pochettino if Gareth Southgate steps down after World Cup 2022.

Southgate has guided the Three Lions to the quarter-finals in Qatar, with England set to take on France on Saturday.

He is under contract with the Football Association until the end of 2024, which means he could take charge of the national team at that year's European Championship.

However, the FA has drawn up a contingency plan in case Southgate decides to vacate his position after the World Cup, which concludes with the final on December 18.

The Daily Telegraph (opens in new tab) writes that Pochettino and Tuchel are potential replacements for the former Middlesbrough boss.

Both managers have experience of working with English players from their time in the Premier League.

The report states that England could also consider Steve Holland, Southgate's No.2, as a continuity candidate.

Like Southgate, Holland is a former England Under-21 manager who also spent six years as an assistant at Chelsea (opens in new tab).

“I think he would be the most successful coach in English football or English coach, I can’t think of anyone else who has won the things he has won or had his experience at club and international level. He's a top operator,” Southgate said of his No.2 last year.

As for Pochettino and Tuchel, both coaches are thought to be open to an approach from the FA as they consider their next moves following exits from PSG (opens in new tab) and Chelsea respectively.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).