Sam Allardyce reacts to speculation linking Gareth Southgate with Spurs

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Sam Allardyce has given his opinion on the speculation suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur will make a move for Gareth Southgate if Mauricio Pochettino decides to depart North London (Daily Star).

Allardyce was sacked as England manager after just one match in 2016 and was replaced by Southgate initially on a caretaker basis, who then took the post on a permanent basis (Telegraph).

Southgate has impressed during his time in charge of the Three Lions with Allardyce admitting that he cannot see the former Middlesbrough manager returning to club football at present.

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a move away from Tottenham on more than one basis with Manchester United and Real Madrid the two clubs most frequently mentioned in dispatches (The Sun).

Pochettino is under contract at Tottenham until 2023 and it would mean that any potential suitor would have to pay Daniel Levy to part with the 47-year-old (Guardian).

Southgate guided England to the semi-final of the World Cup last year and Allardyce expects him to remain on for next summer’s European Championships.

“It depends on his own ambition, whether he thinks he has something to prove,” Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (30 September, 8.30am).

“He may fancy the dabble but it’s a big ask leaving England to go and manage in the Premier some point. It depends on whether the FA wants to let him go or whether Daniel Levy wants to pay (the compensation).

“I can’t see him going before the Euros.”

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