Gareth Southgate hits back when questioned over England future amid ‘completely disrespectful’ Manchester United links

Gareth Southgate has called speculation linking him with the Manchester United job as ‘completely disrespectful.’

The England boss has emerged as a contender to replace Erik ten Hag at the Premier League giants should he be sacked.


Southgate has surprisingly been linked with an appointment at UnitedCredit: Getty

Middlesbrough are the only club Southgate has managed at club level, doing so before he joined the England U21s.

His current contract with the national team expires at the end of the year, and he has previously stated a decision will be made after Euro 2024 this summer.

But when asked about his future, Southgate hit back at the rumours regarding a potential appointment at Old Trafford.

Speaking to the media on Friday ahead of England’s friendly against Brazil on Saturday night, live on talkSPORT, he said: “I think there are two things from my point of view.


“One is I’m the England manager, I’ve got one job basically, to try and deliver a European Championship. Clearly before that, two important games this week.

“And the second thing is Manchester United have a manager and I think it’s always completely disrespectful when there’s any speculation about a manager that’s in place.

“I’m president of the LMA [League Managers Association] so I don’t have any time for that sort of thing really.”

Another reporter then asked if he still intends to make a decision on his England future after the Euros, which left Southgate almost shaking his head in disbelief.

Southgate didn't seem best pleased when questioned on his England future again


Southgate didn’t seem best pleased when questioned on his England future again

Responding, he remarked: “I think I’ve answered this every time I’ve sat with you. My focus is on the European Championship.

“If we did something, [sign] a contract here before [the Euros], everyone would be saying, ‘Why are you signing a contract before the Euros where you’ve got to prove yourself?’

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“I’m certainly not going to speak to anybody else ahead of that, I never have.

“I’ve been here eight years in the job, I wouldn’t entertain speaking to anybody else when I’m in a job. So I don’t know if that answers your question.”

Southgate has held his role as England boss since 2016 and is set to take his side to their fourth major tournament under his wing.

The Three Lions reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 before losing the Euro 2020 final to Italy on penalties.

England most recently crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup in 2022, with fans desperate for the Three Lions to win their first major tournament since 1966.


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