Opinion: Why appointing Southgate would be a disaster for Spurs

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Ever since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal after the Everton game, questions have been in the air over who should take charge.

Many names have been thrown into the hat. Julian Nagelsmann was an option until he announced his move to Bayern (FCBayernEN). Erik Ten Hag was then touted until he signed a new deal (AFCAjax), meaning any possibility of the Dutchman arriving seems unlikely. 

Therefore, the options for Daniel Levy to choose between for his next manager are dwindling.

That being said, many good managers still exist. Unfortunately, as time goes on, the more likely I think that Gareth Southgate will be appointed. Personally, I think this would be catastrophic and will know explain why.

Southgate, the current England manager, is a master of playing defensive football and failing to utilise attacking talent.

Whilst being England manager, Southgate has consistently chosen a five at the back system with the likes of Phillips and Rice sitting in front.

To effectively use seven defensive players, when England have so much attacking threat, shows he is more concerned about not losing than winning. 

England’s attack could consist of the likes of Kane, Rashford, Grealish and one of the best youngsters in the world in Phil Foden. Not to mention the likes of Sancho, Sterling Mount and more.

But Southgate doesn’t use them to their full effect. No one wants a similar scenario at N17, considering the torture we’ve been through after Mourinho. 

Due to this, I believe that England will fail catastrophically at the Euros. I may be English, and support the team throughout, however, I can’t see us succeeding when we have a tactical inept manager at the helm.

I don’t want him as the manager of my country, so definitely don’t want him as manager for my club. 

Furthermore, we shouldn’t ignore Gareth Southgate’s history in club management. In 2006, Southgate was appointed as manager of Middlesbrough and it didn’t work out well. He had a promising first season. However, two poor seasons later saw Middlesbrough relegated from the Premier League in 2009. 

He was dismissed early on in the Championship season in 2009, with this ending up being his only club job.

During this time, he averaged just 1.21 points per game over his 151 matches (Transfermarkt). This once again shows his tactical struggle in management, with this being a major reason I don’t want him.  

Another reason Southgate is not the man for the job is due to the other men available. The likes of Ralf Rangnick, Graham Potter any maybe Hans-Dieter Flick, are far superior.

Potter is in charge of a Brighton side who were in the top four for expected points at the time of writing this (xG Philosophy). 

Whilst Ralf Rangnick is known for finding hidden cheap talent and also having a vast impact on other German managers. Finally, Hans-Dieter Flick, although it may be unlikely, is at the helm of the current European Champions. 

All of the managers listed have shown greater tactical experience than Southgate. The Englishman may have managed his country to a World Cup semi-final, however, the run to that stage waseverely weakened. Beating the likes of Colombia and Sweden is not that impressive for a country the size of England.  

Therefore, this is why I believe that appointing Southgate would be catastrophic for the club. It would probably see us digress further, making us nothing more than a mid-table team.

I can still envisage Daniel Levy appointing him; let’s just hope he proves me wrong if that happens…   

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