Newcastle United rivals receive Gareth Southgate appointment boost - Erik ten Hag doomed?

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Manchester United are reportedly keen on Gareth Southgate succeeding Erik ten Hag as manager

Gareth Southgate has revealed he “probably won’t” be England manager should they fail to win Euro 2024.

The Three Lions boss is preparing for his fourth major tournament since taking the job eight years ago. FA chiefs are understood to be keen on keeping Southgate until 2026 but his contract expires in December.

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A cloud of uncertainty surrounds the 53-year-old ahead of the competition, with Manchester United reportedly keeping tabs on the situation. The Red Devils pipped Newcastle United to a European spot by beating Manchester City in last month’s FA Cup final.

Reports before that Wembley triumph hinted at Erik ten Hag losing his job regardless of the result. However, as of yet, Man United have not confirmed whether the Dutchman will keep his job.

Southgate’s close relationship with outgoing Toon director Dan Ashworth - who will take charge at Old Trafford - is thought to be a key reason behind the speculation. The England boss downplayed the rumours earlier this year but has now admitted staying on would prove difficult should he fail at the upcoming Euros.

“If we don’t win, I probably won’t be here any more,” Southgate told the German newspaper Bild. “So maybe it is the last chance. I think around half the national coaches leave after a tournament - that’s the nature of international football.

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“I’ve been here almost eight years now and we’ve come close. You can’t constantly put yourself in front of the public and say, ‘a little more please’, as at some point people lose faith. If we want to be a great team and I want to be a top coach, you must deliver in big moments.”

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