Southgate not leaving England for Chelsea or ‘to take any job’


The national team boss is fully committed to his current job and he believes that his assistant is too, despite rumours linking them with Chelsea. Manager Gareth Southgate has said there’s no way he’d leave England to return to club management and believes his assistant Steve Holland is committed too.

Holland spent six years as an assistant at Chelsea before linking up with Southgate for the national team and the pair has been linked with the role likely to be vacated by Maurizio Sarri.

But Southgate says he and his staff are focused on getting England to the European Championships and continuing the recent progress they have made. “I’m committed to England, simple as that. I don’t need to hedge my bets in keeping doors open or keeping things alive,” he told a press conference “There’s no way that I would leave England at this point in time, to take any job.

“The only thing on my mind is that we’ve got a European Championship next summer and we’ve got to keep improving to be the best possible team we can be for this country. “My sole focus is producing the best team possible for England.” Southgate acknowledged that his assistant would one day make the step up to management and was at pains to point out the influence of the man he called the best assistant in the game.

England suffered a second semi-final defeat in as many years when they lost to the Netherlands in the Nations League on Thursday. They lost at the same stage in last year’s World Cup.