Thomas Tuchel linked as a possible Gareth Southgate replacement amidst uncertainty of the England manager’s future

Thomas Tuchel linked as a possible Gareth Southgate replacement amidst uncertainty of the England manager’s future

If Gareth Southgate departs his position as manager of England, Thomas Tuchel, a former Chelsea manager, is eager to take over.

Following England’s loss at the World Cup, manager Gareth Southgate has not yet decided what to do next, and rumors about a potential replacement have started.

Following the Three Lions’ World Cup exit, Southgate’s future is still uncertain. The Euro 2020 runners-up advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to France after Harry Kane missed a late penalty that would have forced extra time.

Tuchel has been jobless since being fired by Chelsea in September, but he has a distinguished résumé that includes winning the Champions League in 2021.

The Football Association’s preference for appointing a British coach for the England team is one of the key problems, though.

Southgate’s contract is valid till the conclusion of Euro 2024, which would mark his fourth major championship as manager.

The 52-year-old, though, has been candid about the psychological cost of some aspects of his tenure as coach, not the least of which was the backlash following a Nations League loss against Hungary at Molineux over the summer.

In the midst of rumors regarding his future, Southgate said, “Look, I’ve found a lot of the last 18 months challenging. I still like the way things have been for the past 18 months.

If it’s the right thing to say, I want to make sure that I have the energy to do that because of what has been said and written about the night at Wolves and a lot of other things that are currently really conflicting in my head.

I don’t want to think I made the wrong decision four or five months from now. It’s too crucial for anyone to get it wrong.”

But if Southgate does decide to resign, the FA wants a British coach to take his place, according to The Sun.

Graham Potter, Tuchel’s Chelsea replacement at Stamford Bridge, as well as Newcastle manager Eddie Howe and former Chelsea coach Brendan Rodgers, who is in charge at Leicester, are reportedly in the running.

Following their elimination, Mark Bullingham, the FA’s chief executive, has lent his support to Southgate and the England players.

The Three Lions were eliminated from the tournament despite having scored 13 goals in five games, more than any other team, but Olivier Giroud’s late header gave France the victory.

Bullingham noted in a statement that “Gareth and Steve Holland very well prepared the team throughout the event.

Harry Kane did a fantastic job of leading the team, which was devoted to taking home the championship.

Sport, however, can have razor-thin margins, and against the reigning world champions that day, it was not to be.”

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