England boss Southgate on verge of new big money contract

England manager Gareth Southgate is set to sign a new contract to continue his stay with the national team until 2024.

The England boss’ current contract runs until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but the national team hierarchy are keen to extend Southgate’s contract.

Southgate has been one of a number of names linked with the Manchester United job should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be sacked, meaning that the Football Association are keen to tie their man down.

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According to the Daily Mail, an agreement between Southgate and the FA has been agreed in principle and the deal is expected to move swiftly once England secure their qualification to the World Cup.

Qualification can be secured with two wins in November’s fixtures against Albania and San Marino, two games that England should be winning comfortably.

They also say that Southgate can expect a big income boost from the contract. The 51-year-old currently earns around £3 million-a-year but the new deal could see him earn over £5 million-per-year.

The new deal comes on the back of an impressive European Championship performance in the summer which saw England fall just short of glory as they lost on penalties to Italy in the final.

Southgate’s side also enjoyed a decent World Cup in 2018 as England made it to the semi-finals before defeat against Croatia.

Should the England manager sign his new deal until 2024, it would make him the longest serving manager since Sir Bobby Robson who took charge from 1982-1990.

The Albania clash in Friday night will be Southgate’s 67th game in charge of the national side at senior level, putting him level with Sven Goran Eriksson. Only Robson, World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey and Walter Winterbottom have taken charge of more international fixtures for England.

Elsewhere, Trevor Sinclair has claimed Declan Rice is better off at West Ham rather than Manchester United.

“I don’t think he’d move to Manchester United, I really don’t. If you look at both teams and both sets of players, he’s better off staying at West Ham for me.

“There’s a bit of glory there [Man United], obviously, because they’ve got 75,000 fans in the stadium, they’re supported throughout the world. But where have you got a better chance of picking up silverware?”

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