I wasn't surprised by the Southgate rumours

I wasn't surprised by the Southgate rumours

There's a lot of talk about Gareth Southgate at the moment, although the rumors haven't come from a particularly good source.

England manager Gareth Southgate has barely been mentioned in relation to the Manchester United job in the past, but in recent days there has been a lot of writing on the subject.

The fact that it all stems from a report from the usually untrustworthy Daily Star doesn't seem to bother the English press too much – and Southgate's Manchester United link now fits perfectly into a national team spell where they could finally convince Southgate to sign up too. Statement about this.

The Southgate/United rumors were also the subject of the latest episode of Stick to Football.

“I can imagine that happening, yes,” Roy Keane answered when Gary Neville asked if anyone on the committee could imagine that.

-There is a connection with Dan Ashworth who has worked with him in the past. Yeah, I'm not too surprised by that. I hope not, but of course I can see why Gareth would be attached to the job.

Southgate is celebrating 2021 after leading England to the European Championship final. He was one penalty shootout away from winning.

It was agreed in the panel that the link comes about because Southgate and Ashworth know each other from the past. United have also previously been linked with Graham Potter, who Ashworth worked with at Brighton – Brighton's De Zerbe has also been mentioned. De Zerbe came in after Ashworth left Brighton, but of course the Italian may have been identified as a future managerial candidate while Ashworth was still there.

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After discussing, among other things, there was talk of imagining Southgate on the sidelines as United manager (Jill Scott expressed she couldn't imagine it, while Ian Wright, on the other hand, did), Gary Neville said I agree Ashworth link Makes it easy to visualize

– I never imagined Gareth Southgate as United coach, but I can imagine it now with the arrival of Dan Ashworth. But what I wonder is what Erik ten Hag has to do to remain United manager. Will winning the FA Cup be enough or will he need to finish in the top four or top five?

Based on Ashworth's history at Brighton, Southgate would still be somewhat of a surprise choice – and so far, the most scrupulous journalists have expressed no interest in Southgate.

The Stick to Football panel has agreed that Dan Ashworth and Gareth Southgate's link is likely what sparked the rumours.

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