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Gareth Southgate: politician, communicator and pizza seller | Football

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TO THE SOUTH?

While confidence is a preference for the usual voyeur of what’s known as parklife, it’s also something the FA has expressed in Gareth Southgate following England’s decidedly poor performance in their recent series of Nations League games. . After England were booed by their own supporters after a 4-0 loss to Hungary at Molineux, the radio switchboards in Knee-Jerk FM studios across the country predictably lit up like Christmas trees. Christmas, like an Angry Ranty fan. after another calling for Southgate’s immediate dismissal just five months and two friendlies before the World Cup for Human Rights in Qatar.

While there is no doubt about Southgate’s abilities as a politician, diplomat, pizza vendor, and communicator, valid questions remain about his abilities as a manager and decision-maker in the game. His results at major tournaments provide convincing evidence that he is the second most successful manager in England’s history, but it is worth bearing in mind that his side enjoyed the easiest imaginable run to a World Cup semi-final in Russia. before going to a team that should have probably beaten and then released Italy before losing last summer’s Euro final on penalties.

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“Before Gareth was manager, there was no pride in wearing the England shirt,” FA president Debbie Hewitt said in defense of Southgate. “There was a club rivalry that we read about, the players didn’t get along. He has changed that beyond recognition and I have seen it for myself. I’ve worked in business and Gareth’s skills, his high IQ, would make him a CEO in any field. That resilience and responsibility, there is no sloping shoulders and that is what you want in an England manager. We have confidence in Gareth for all the reasons I outlined and I think that’s what’s important. And it’s particularly important to get into the biggest tournament.”

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While taking responsibility for things that aren’t necessarily our fault has long been a Fiver strong point, our inability to stand tall as a result of years of being forced to work in the basement beneath Fiver Towers likely rules football. world’s most daily email out of contention for the England job whenever Southgate finally resigns or unravels. For now, though, he and his players have Qatar to think about, particularly how they plan to oppose the hosts’ abuses of migrant workers and handle the inevitable questions about it. “As far as the team is concerned, they are playing in Qatar and it is inevitable that they will be asked questions about human rights,” Hewitt said. “In fact, they are curious and they want to learn and they want to think about the best way they can make a difference. Ultimately, we will discuss with the team and Gareth what we think is the best statement we can make, particularly about leaving a legacy with the rest of our football colleagues internationally.”

And while the FA continues to talk a good game about how to tackle this decidedly thorny issue, as the clock ticks down to the start of the tournament in November, it seems remarkable that just 12 years after finding out that Qatar would host the final. he still doesn’t seem to have anything resembling a plan. Of course, talk is better than nothing, but like a World Cup infrastructure built by migrant workers who have enslaved themselves in stifling conditions for the past decade, it also comes cheap.

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FIVE LETTERS

“Re: Fans boo players they once loved upon their return to their new club (yesterday’s Fiver), this is not inevitable. In my nearly 60 years of watching Blackeye Rovers, I think there have been at least as many welcomes for the heroes of the past who have moved on like poison. In my experience it depends on what they have contributed; How did they go and where did they end up? However, the only time I felt really embarrassed as a Rovers fan was when Alan Shearer first came back to Ewood Park in a Newcastle shirt and was booed by a section of fans. Fortunately, on subsequent visits he received the warm welcome he deserved” – John Myles.

“I generally agree with Noble Francis, but I think he might be aiming for the wrong target this time (yesterday’s Fiver letters). Jaap Stam is hinting that recent managers at Manchester United have not been endorsed by the board. I think if you look at the huge sums they’ve spent on players over the last five or six years, the board could justifiably say they’ve been very supportive of each manager. The fact that the £1 billion squad is still useless and in need of a complete rebuild is not entirely down to the chart” – Geoff Saunders.

Send your letters to [email protected] And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our no-prize letter of the day is… John Myles.

NEWS, BITS AND BOBS

Ryan Giggs, who faces trial on domestic violence charges in August, is no longer Wales manager. “I don’t want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilized or compromised in any way by the continued interest in this case,” he said.

FIFA is reviewing its gender eligibility regulations in the wake of Fina’s decision to bar transgender women from participating in elite women’s competition.

The Cameroon Football Federation has summoned 44 players from eight clubs for a hearing next month over alleged age or identity cheating.

Meanwhile, his main demand, Samuel Eto’o, has been sentenced to 22 months suspended prison by a Spanish court after admitting a tax fraud of 3.8 million euros while at Barcelona. He also agreed to pay a fine of 1.8 million euros and repay the tax due. “I admit the facts and I am going to pay what corresponds to me, but let it be known that I was a child at the time and that I always did what my former agent José María Mesalles, whom I considered a father, asked me to do at that time. Eto’o said.

Samuel Eto'o and his big tires leave the Barcelona pitch.
Samuel Eto’o and his big tires leave the Barcelona pitch. Photo: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Soccer’s own version of the Spider-Man meme pointing at Spider-Man? This renewal of a business partnership in Cambridge United.

And after finally signing Nayef Aguerd, West Ham are now ready to Messo, De Briyne and Saluh mmm, Armando Broja.

STILL WANT MORE?

Manchester United’s new lightning rod, Richard Arnold, needs a good transfer window to attract fans he hasn’t yet met in Cheshire pubs, and signing Frenkie de Jong wouldn’t be a bad start, writes Jamie Jackson.

Ben McAleer picks a few players in Europe who are linked with moves to the Premier League so you don’t have to.

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