Southgate Set To Pass Capello And Eyes Half-Century

Last updated : 03 December 2019 By Three Lions

Gareth Southgate heads into 2020 having taken charge of England on 41 occasions and will move past Fabio Capello's 42 games before the start of the European Championships.

Having played under four permanent Three Lions bosses himself, Southgate has already been in the post longer than Terry Venables (24), Glenn Hoddle (28) and Kevin Keegan (18) although he has some way to go before reaching Sven-Goran Eriksson's 67.

While he will undoubtedly have taken elements from each of those managers, Southgate has become much more than simply the person in charge of the senior national team which is where the role begun and ended for Venables, Hoddle, Keegan and Eriksson.

His holistic approach to the job has allowed the FA's vision of all England teams to co-operate much more closely to come to fruition, the smooth pathway between the under 21 and senior sides being the most obvious example.

That stretches to longer-term planning on behalf of the national side even if Southgate knows that a bad Euro 2020 would quickly see him fall out of favour personally.

He intends to travel to the Club World Cup in Qatar later this month, not only to see his Liverpool players in action but to get a first glimpse of what the Gulf state will be like at this time of year and begin the process of planning for 2022.

Quoted in The Guardian, he said: "Without taking any focus off what we’re doing next summer, we’ve got to get the next bit right otherwise we’ll be behind the curve. The best organisations get that short-, mid- and long-term planning right."