Report: 49-year-old manager backed to possibly take over at Tottenham next summer

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Dom Le Roy

If you had asked anyone a couple of years ago if Gareth Southgate had any chance of managing in the Premier League again, they would have likely dismissed the proposition out of hand.

After all, Southgate was relegated with Middlesbrough in the last club job that he held and reportedly failed an interview at Sheffield United in 2013 for being “too nice” (The Sun).

As fate would have it, the former Aston Villa centre half was handed the England job on an interim basis following the sacking of Sam Allardyce and hasn’t looked back since.

His performance in the role saw him soon be handed the full-time reins and under his watch, England have been transformed into a quick, aggressive and technically strong side.

The Sun journalist, Dave Kidd has now written a column suggesting that Southgate could be rewarded with a top-six job next season for his efforts as England manager.

Kidd identified the Spurs and Man Utd jobs as potential destinations for Southgate after the conclusion of the Euros next summer.

He wrote, “If Southgate’s England reign continues to flourish, Southgate will hold realistic hopes for a top-six job next season.

“Manchester United and Tottenham are two clubs where his face certainly fits.”

Regarding the managerial hot seat at Spurs, Kidd wrote, “The Spurs job may not be available soon enough.

“Yet Mauricio Pochettino is clearly restless — and should he go next summer, without Spurs winning a trophy, might Harry Kane, by then nearly 27, start seriously considering his own future?

“Perhaps not if Southgate — who made him England captain and in whom he trusts implicitly — were to replace the Argentinian.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Pochettino has been clear about his intention to kick start a ‘new cycle’ at the club this season. Now that he has done all the hard work by ensuring Tottenham stay competitive during the stadium rebuild, it makes little sense for the Argentine to walk away from the club now that they look poised to have a go at trophies in the coming seasons.

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