Gareth Southgate warns English bosses they must raise their game to succeed at the top

The Premier League could have just four English managers following Steve Bruce’s imminent departure from newly-owned Newcastle and Gareth Southgate has warned his compatriots to raise their game

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  • 22:30, 11 Oct 2021
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Gareth Southgate has warned English bosses will have to raise their game to succeed at the top level.


Brighton boss Graham Potter, Aston Villa’ s Dean Smith, Burnley manager Sean Dyche, Steve Bruce are the only homegrown managers in the Premier League and it could soon be three after the Newcastle takeover.

But Southgate has insisted it is also down to the managers to push themselves to make sure they improve through courses and experiences.

England boss Southgate said: “I think the positive is there are some very good English coaches and managers who are playing in a very progressive way, who I think are respected not only here but when I travel to Europe and talk to European coaches there are English managers who are viewed differently to how they were a few years ago.

Southgate has sent a warning to his fellow English bosses

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“I think there has always been managers who have had that respect. Its difficult in terms of the PL in the same way in that we had a problem in getting opportunities for English players because we were recruiting from all over the world, managers are now being recruited from around the world.

“Of course, we have had some people who have added enormously to our game and there are obvious names who have added to the quality of our players and won trophies and had an incredible impact and there are others who haven’t.

“So but I’ve always said our job -and Eddie Howe came to watch us this week – is to better ourselves and improve all the time and make ourselves as employable as we can be. That’s got to be the challenge for all of us, for coaches learning should never stop, you learn from every situation you’re in.

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“As an FA, we have to make sure our coaching education courses match that but also when you get to a certain level it is not about the courses it’s about the experiences, its about sharing with other coaches, other business and just seeking every ounce to get better.”

Southgate's immediate focus will be England's second and final match of the month.

The Three Lions welcome Hungary to Wembley on Tuesday as they aim to edge closer in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

And he revealed how difficult it is to leave players out not only his squad each camp, but his starting XI.

“I have a headache and commit a crime every time I pick a team," the 51-year-old admitted.

"We have such strong competition for places; there were lots of players who did their own confidence and reputation the world of good the other day and that is pleasing to see.

"We can't be a team that has a day off. We want to keep consistency, and we've had that throughout this calendar year. Everyone has pride in putting the shirt on," the former Under-21s manager stated.

"We want the squad to feel involved. It is important they know their value and can contribute; it wasn't a friendly [against Andorra], there were qualification points at stake and I was really pleased with the quality of the performance as well as the application.”

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