*Ex-Middlebrough Boss Signs Four-Year Contract –
Gareth Southgate has been appointed as England manager on a four-year deal to replace Sam Allardyce, who was sacked after only 67 days in charge.
The 46-year-old will coach the English National Team through the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship campaigns.
The former England U-21 manager was interviewed by the FA’s five-man selection panel at St George’s Park last week. It is understood his salary will be around £1.5m a year
He oversaw two wins and two draws as interim boss following Allardyce’s resignation in September in the aftermath of undercover newspaper revelations.
“I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager,” Southgate said.
“However, I’m also conscious that getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there’s huge potential. I’m determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they’re proud of and one that they’re going to enjoy watching play and develop. For me, the hard work starts now.”
Southgate made close to 650 appearances during his 18-year playing career with Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, earning 57 England caps in the process.
He then managed Middlesbrough in the Premier League between 2006 and 2009 before becoming the FA’s head of elite development in January 2011. He took over the under-21 side in August 2013.
His understanding of international football and the development set-up at St George’s Park has proved important, according to Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn.
“Gareth is a great ambassador for what the FA stands for, he’s a very good football tactician and a leader, but beneath that he’s a winner and that’s an important part of the job,” he added.
Southgate’s first game will be a friendly against Germany in Dortmund on 22 March before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley four days later.