Disappointing End to Gareth Southgate’s Stint as Manager

By  Umair Asif - 16 November 2016

Gareth Southgate’s short spell as Three Lions’ interim-manager ended in a disappointment as Spain hit back late to seal a draw in Wembley Friendly. The fourth and the last game of Southgate’s stint was almost closing on the right fold, before Spain strike twice in the dying moments to dent the interim-manager’s joy.

Rumors were making headlines that Southgate is the perfect choice for the role and is likely to become Sam Allardyce’s successor. However, things are not certain as of now since Football Association has to decide whether to go ahead with the decision or not.



Looking at the match, Spain rested their main guns for this friendly, whereas the English Captain, Wayne Rooney, was sent back to Old Trafford as he was suffering from injury. Lallana and Vardy were the pick of players for England as they gave England a superb start. A composed pass from Lallana gave Vardy a chance to create space in the center and win a penalty that Lallana converted with ease. Vardy was emphatic throughout as he doubled England’s lead with a powerful header and announce himself as a man of real influence for England.

Up until then the party was going smooth for England and Southgate but late spoilers from Aspas and Isco, made the result an overwhelming experience for the Three Lions. Although, a draw against Spain is much of a relief isn’t the exact outcome Southgate was expecting. England dominated the game till the 89th minute but could not hold on to the lead in the dying moments, making Southgate’s last outing as England’s interim manager a bit sour.   



Despite the unexpected turn of events, Southgate’s England dominated an unrecognizable Spanish side. Although the final decision to hand over the position to Southgate rested on this result, it is highly unlikely that he will be deprived of the role since he has been promising during his short spell. 

A lot can be taken from this game as Vardy looked outrageous and flashes from his last season’s form were witnessed. Similarly, Lingard and Sterling made a well crafted link-up and the duo can be devastating in the coming years for the Three Lions. This was the first time England conceded a goal in their last five outings and are still undefeated under Gareth Southgate.



Although there were a few nightmares but 3 wins and 1 draw in his 4-match tenure has turned the odds in Southgate’s favor. The former Middleborough manager is taking half of what Sam Allardyce was receiving but he can be creative in his style.  FA has the decision in hand and if Southgate gets the job his first assignment will be a friendly against Germany at Dortmund. Let’s see if he is the right man to lead England or not.

However, in our humble opinion, he is the right man for the job as he has delivered the goods in his short stint as interim manager.  And there’s a vast probability that FA’s decision will land in Southgate’s favor. Keeping all the odds aside, Southgate is the man of the moment. Despite the sour end, the ex-Middleborough manager can lead England to reclaim its long lost glory.

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