England manager Gareth Southgate unfazed by Man United rumours

England manager Gareth Southgate unfazed by Man United rumours

Gareth Southgate has ruled himself out of the running to be the new Manchester United coach this summer. The chances of Manchester United having a new boss next season are slightly high as Sir Jim Ratcliffe is doubtful if Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead a golden area under his ownership.

Southgate has been leading the Three Lions since 2016 but his current contract with the national side runs out in December, leading to speculations as a possible candidate for the Manchester United job.

The English manager has seen his stock rise since joining the England national team and has managed to help the team reach the latter stages of every major competition he has managed.

But England are yet to win a trophy under his tutelage and his spell with the Three Lions might end soon, as Man United has identified Southgate as the top target to replace under-fire Erik ten Hag.

The Dutch manager who took over the managerial role in the summer of 2022 has faced immense scrutiny with United’s underwhelming performances this season, raising questions about the squad’s incapability to qualify for the Champions League.

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What has Gareth Southgate said about the recent Manchester United rumours?

The 53-year-old manager is viewed as a possible candidate to replace Ten Hag, should Manchester United decide to part ways with the Dutchman in the summer.

Southgate, whose contract with the Three Lions expires in December, reiterated that he would not entertain discussions with any clubs in Europe and solely focus on the Euro 2024 in Germany, underlining his dedication to winning a major trophy for England.

“There are two things. I’m the England manager, I have got one job basically. To try and deliver a European Championship. Clearly, before that, we have two important games this week.”

He further added, “Secondly, Manchester United have a manager, and I think it is completely disrespectful that there is any speculation over a manager’s place. I am president of the League Managers’ Association. I don’t have any time for that sort of thing.”