Development Head Gareth Southgate Quits FA, So Where Next For The Toothy Pundit?

Alan Duffy

20th, July 2012


By Alan Duffy

Famed for missing that crucial spot-kick against Germany back in 1996, Gareth Southgate has quit his post as The FA’s Head of Elite Development, thus ruling himself out of the running for the organisation’s Technical Director job.

The former Aston Villa defender released a statement on The FA’s website which said:

The FA can today confirm that Gareth Southgate will not be continuing in his role as Head of Elite Development and no longer wishes to be considered for the role of FA Technical Director.

The former England international joined The FA in January 2011 and has worked extensively on delivering proposed recommendations to the formats and structure of youth football, which were recently approved by FA shareholders.

He has also played a strong role as part of a wider group developing the facilities and plans for St. George’s Park and worked closely with the leagues in the implementation of the Elite Player Performance Plan.

Southgate himself was also quoted in the statement, saying:

“I’d like to place on record just how much I’ve enjoyed working at The FA over the past 18 months. It really has been an honour and a pleasure. Hopefully, I have been able to play some part in delivering important changes to the way children play at the youngest levels. It has also been a tremendous experience to work on the delivery of St. George’s Park.”

“The FA is heading in the right direction in terms of developing more, better coaches and players at all levels of the game under the leadership of David Bernstein, Alex Horne and Sir Trevor Brooking. I would like to thank them for their support throughout my time with the organisation.

“I’ve advised The FA that I will be pleased to help with specific projects moving forward”.

While Southgate is set to continue in his role as a pundit for ITV, where he must endure the never-ending idiocy of Adrian Chiles, one wonders if he might be thinking about getting back into management. If so, where do you think he might end up?


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  1. a says:

    Nowhere, hopefully. The man is an abomination to football.

  2. Del says:

    I wasn’t aware that he did anything outside punditing. Anywho I like the guy, he makes halftime on ITV just about bearable. All 5 minutes of it.

  3. alex says:

    i used to think he was cool. As far as i can tell, the FA spent one year trying to develop youngsters and play like spain. then all our teams failed in europe, so they gave up, all the pundits started admitting england are a poor team and the national side gave up playing good football.

    I suppose giving up was just the easier option.

  4. big mean bunny says:

    Southgate has nothing to do with the main national side, youth development is a different kettle of fish and some decent changes have been made under his time. Not sure what he does on a day to day basis in his role and at least unlike most pundits and ex players he has had a go at changing grass roots, not just working with kids in academies.

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