Southgate To Be Offered New Extended England Contract

Gareth Southgate is to be offered a new contract with a significant pay rise which will ensure he remains as England manager beyond 2020.

Southgate who has two years remaining on his current deal, unexpectedly guided the team to a World Cup semi-final in Russia this summer and the Football Association are keen to offer the new contract before he attracts interest from top Premier League clubs.

He is expected to be offered a new deal worth up to £4million which although a significant increase to his current £2.5million a year wage, it remains a long way short of coaches such as Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp who take home around £15million a year.

Martin Glenn chief executive of the Football Association said England have unfinished business under Southgate and they aim to become one of the top four countries in the world.

“Gareth is on a journey. He loved the World Cup, he has built his own belief that we can go further and that journey for England motivates him and Steve Holland,” he said.

“We want to be a top-four team in the world. It is unfinished business because we are not there yet. We had a great World Cup but we are not where we want to be. The great thing when you have relative success is that you can see the potential. It is exciting.

“Gareth has been excellent. He really gets the set up, he understands the talent coming through and we would like him to stay until after 2020. We can never compete with the Premier League in terms of pay, everyone knows that. But it is our job to make it [his contract] competitive. We have to make sure him and all of our people are competitively rewarded.”

Southgate who is currently on holiday, has clearly told the FA he is keen to stay on longer and both parties are privately confident a deal can be reached when they sit around the table later this month.