FA ‘disappointment’ at Southgate’s decision to quit
The Football Association will have to look elsewhere for a technical director after Gareth Southgate’s shock decision to turn his back on the post.
The former England defender announced on Friday that he is quitting as the FA’s head of elite development and leaving the organisation. Southgate had been viewed as the outstanding candidate for the newly-created technical director’s position.
FA general secretary Alex Horne admitted his disappointment. He said: “Gareth has made an outstanding contribution in supporting Sir Trevor Brooking and myself in our football development work over the last 18 months.
“We’re disappointed, but understand his decision and would like to thank Gareth for his efforts and wish him well for the future. We continue to recruit for key technical positions within the FA at what is a very important and exciting time.”
Southgate, who has been with the FA for just 18 months, will continue his broadcasting work as a pundit for ITV.
He said: “I’d like to place on record just how much I’ve enjoyed working at the FA over the past 18 months. It really has been an honour and a pleasure.”
The former Middlesbrough manager played a leading role in bringing in significant changes to youth football, with smaller pitches, goals and team sizes until players reach the age of 13.
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