The Football Association will offer Gareth Southgate half of what they paid Sam Allardyce to become England manager after he takes charge of his final match as interim boss against Spain on Tuesday night, it has been revealed.
The Telegraph reports that the FA are ready to appoint Southgate on a permanent basis, regardless of the result in the international friendly against Spain, after he secured two wins and a draw from his opening three matches in charge of the senior side.
Southgate stepped up from his role with the Under-21s to replace Allardyce after he left by mutual consent following The Telegraph’s undercover investigation that caught Allardyce offering advice in how to get around FA regulations and also attempting to secure lucrative work in the Far East with reporters purporting to be investors.
However, that deal is reported to be worth £1.5m-a-year, and stands at half the £3m that Allardyce was supposed to be paid annually by the FA.
Southgate’s contract, should he agree to the terms, is significantly less than Allardyce and Roy Hodgson – who led England to an embarrassing last-16 exit at Euro 2016 this year – although there are performance-based bonuses that could see his salary enhanced.
It does though represent a significant increase on his previous wages as Under-21s manager, for which he is currently paid around £500,000-a-week. The new deal will run until the end of the 2020 European Championship, although it will also include a break clause that can be activated after the 2018 World Cup should England’s performance result in an unavoidable change.
It’s understood that Southgate is willing to agree to the break clause, although the offer has not yet been made ahead of his fourth and final match as interim manager at Wembley this evening.
England vs Scotland player ratings
England vs Scotland player ratings
1/22 Joe Hart – 6 out of 10
Dealt with everything that came his way, though the few Scottish efforts that reached him were either mistimed or weak.
2/22 Kyle Walker – 8 out of 10
England’s best player in the first half. He threatened the Scots time and again with direct dashes down the right flank. Deserved his assist.
3/22 Gary Cahill – 5 out of 10
As the most experienced member of England’s backline, could have marshalled his men much better, especially right after the break. Still, scored the third with a header.
4/22 John Stones – 6 out of 10
The odd moment of hesitation and indecision undermined a largely sound display. Guilty of dropping too deep and inviting pressure at times.
5/22 Danny Rose – 7 out of 10
Not initially as impressive as Walker on the opposite wing, but came alive after the break and earned his assist for Lallana’s goal.
6/22 Eric Dier – 7 out of 10
Looks more and more like his country’s most accomplished midfielder. Not a special night, but he did the simple things well.
7/22 Jordan Henderson – 5 out of 10
Has his deeper role at Anfield inhibited him? Offered little going forward when, alongside Dier, he had license to run and get creative.
8/22 Wayne Rooney – 6 out of 10
An improvement on recent displays for his country but it remains hard to see where he fits in. His selection is always predicated on his world class talent, but it feels so long since we’ve seen it.
9/22 Adam Lallana – 8 out of 10
Brought all the dynamism and work ethic he has shown recently for Liverpool and was rewarded with his second goal at international level.
10/22 Raheem Sterling – 8 out of 10
Often bruised and battered, but kept bravely running at Scotland’s deep defence, and England’s fan finally seem to be on his side. Less said about the sitter, the better.
11/22 Daniel Sturridge – 8 out of 10
Maintained his recent good record when playing under Wembley’s arch. His flicked header was his fourth goal in his last six starts here.
12/22 Craig Gordon – 4 out of 10
Beaten too easily for each of England’s goals – particularly Lallana’s, where his positioning was particularly questionable.
13/22 Ikechi Anya – 5 out of 10
Did not trouble England down the flank as often as he could have, potentially because of his side’s conservative tactics.
14/22 Christophe Berra – 4 out of 10
Struggled with Sturridge’s movement, especially when he had Lallana and Sterling to contend with too. A poor display.
15/22 Grant Hanley – 5 out of 10
Should have punished England when presented with a free header off a corner in the first half. Slightly more competent at the back than his partner.
16/22 Lee Wallace – 7 out of 10
One of Scotland’s more impressive performers, he made sure Sterling knew he was there on more than one occasion.
17/22 Darren Fletcher – 6 out of 10
A willing but often unable presence in Scotland’s midfield. In his pomp, would surely have had his old team-mate Rooney under wraps.
18/22 James Forrest – 5 out of 10
Lacked a cool head when Gordon Strachan needed one and spurned Scotland’s best chance of the match.
19/22 Scott Brown – 4 out of 10
The subject of much debate after returning to the side, but this performance did nothing to hurt Charlie Adam’s claim to his place.
20/22 James Morrison – 4 out of 10
When he wasn’t wasteful in possession, he was inadequately attempting to stop England bypass Scotland’s first line of defence. Hooked in the second half.
21/22 Robert Snodgrass – 5 out of 10
Another one guilty of wasting chances when they fell to him. One of the few in Strachan’s side who can invent something, but failed to show that tonight.
22/22 Leigh Griffiths – 6 out of 10
Offered bright, intelligent play and harried England’s fallible centre-halves but no avail. Should’ve done better when played through by a white shirt in the first half.
Allardyce was appointed earlier this year by a three-man panel made up by FA chairman Greg Clarke, chief executive Martin Glenn and director of elite development Dan Ashworth, although this time around a fourth has been added in League Managers Association chairman Howard Wilkinson.
Southgate has made it clear he wants the job without directly saying so, and with his attentions currently split between the senior and Under-21s given he does not know where his future lies, he has called on the FA to make the decision soon to ensure his full focus can be given to whichever team he takes charge of.
It’s understood that Under-20s manager Aidy Boothroyd will step up to replace Southgate with the Under-21s, with the former Watford, Coventry City and Northampton Town manager fulfilling that role in Southgate’s absence on an interim basis.Reuse content