England Manager Gareth Southgate will not be sacked even if he lost all three games at next years World Cup according to FA Chief Martin Glenn.
The 47-year-old who took over from Sam Allardyce scored high marks as he guided England to a successful World Cup qualification series where they finished as group leaders.
The Three Lions are also housed in a favorable group that has Belgium, Tunisia, and first-timers Panama.
“for the next few tournaments, he will be our manager and not just for the World Cup,” FA Chief Glenn Martin told the BBC.
“We have a long-term plan. You’ve seen some of the fruits of it so far and we trust the manager so yeah he will be with us for long.”
The former Crystal Palace midfielder signed a four-year contract with the English FA and has been hugely successful with great performances against Brazil and Germany last month.
However, the decision to announce that Southgate will not be sacked even if England fail to qualify from the group stage has been met with huge criticism with former England international Joey Barton questioning the ambition of the FA.
“How stupid do you have to be?!”@Joey7Barton isn’t impressed by The FA’s Martin Glenn saying that Gareth Southgate will remain England boss even if his side lose all three group games at the World Cup… pic.twitter.com/BBNKuemkkX
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) December 4, 2017
Southgate’s predecessor Sam Allardyce who was recently appointed as the manager of Everton football club has also openly criticized Marten Glenn’s comments.
‘He shouldn’t have said that’
Sam Allardyce says FA chief Martin Glenn was wrong to insist Gareth Southgate’s England job is safe regardless of #WorldCup performance
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 4, 2017
England’s chances of winning the World cup for the first time in fifty-seven years has been buoyed by the success of the junior national teams this year with titles won in the FIFA U-17 and FIFA U-20 tournaments.
Germany won the world cup in 2014 after keeping faith with manager Joachin Low despite his previous failure while Spain finally won their first World Cup in 2010 after giving time to then manager Vicente Del Bosque.