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Soccer | Jun 21

Could England’s Gareth Southgate Get Sacked Mid Euros?

England Hasn’t Met Expectations After the First Two Games of the Season, and Fans Are Already Demanding Southgate’s Head

England Continues to Disappoint, and Southgate May Be in the Hot Seat
Gareth Southgate Manager of England/Photo Nigel Keene / ProSportsImages / DPPI

Southgate OUT! 🦁

We’re suffering because we don’t have a natural replacement for Kalvin Phillips… -Southgate

In my previous articles discussing the 2024 Euros, you may have come across the phrase “It’s coming home.” While it may have seemed like a reference to England winning this year’s European Championship, I was actually talking about my missing cat Fluffy… honest! But now, this playful phrase has taken a serious turn, mirroring the shift in public sentiment towards Gareth Southgate’s management.

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It’s coming home” is no longer the reoccurring sentiment from footy fans; with two Group C games in the bag, Gareth Southgate’s England have underperformed, and much like how I’m disappointed with Fluffy’s behavior, English fans aren’t happy with the Three Lions manager.

Soccer rumors have swarmed the internet regarding Google search data, as the words “Southgate Out” have gone up over 400% since England’s Pre-Euro qualifiers defeat to Iceland on June 7th and their 1-1 draw with Denmark on June 20th.

 

Poor Decision Making

So, why is “Southgate Out” trending? England are top of their group, you might think. However, these latest Google searches are a result of some questionable decisions made by Southgate. For instance, his squad selection process excluded Jack Grealish, a move many fans found baffling. Another controversial decision was placing Phil Foden on the left wing instead of his usual central midfield position, a move that didn’t pay off in the eyes of many.


Where’s the fire? Where’s the energy? We cannot solely blame Gareth. My question has remained the same for some years: Why does this squad often become lethargic and comfortable once we have a one-goal lead?

I may have found the answer: Because this team loves to fall apart once we’ve scored, why don’t we begin all of our soccer games by netting a cheeky own goal? It might deliver a sense of urgency for the remainder of the 90 minutes at least… Jesus!

 

Will Southgate Get Sacked?

No, this is highly unlikely. We can discuss how the Ivory Coast sent their coach packing mid-tournament and went on to win the AFCON, but this isn’t African football, and let’s be brutally honest here: England has achieved greater results since Southgate’s arrival than they have in the last two decades – e.g., Euro 2020 final and the World Cup 2022 semi-final.

However, based on England’s first two performances, we will get absolutely battered in the final sixteen. While the talent levels are incomparable, the likes of Albania are showing more heart and determination than the Three Lions right now… And if we draw Spain, Italy, France, or Germany in the knockout stages, it’s game over. Sh*t, I wouldn’t even fancy our chances against Switzerland – no offense to the Swiss!

We’re suffering because we don’t have a natural replacement for Kalvin Phillips,” was the bullsh*t excuse Southgate provided following the Denmark draw. He’s not the wittiest, most quick-thinking manager, is he?


Maybe, just maybe, England isn’t the favorite most oddsmakers and pundits believe they are. They topped soccer news and betting odds leading up to the tournament due to the likes of Saka, Bellingham, Foden, Rice, and Kane, but those players compete alongside absolute superstars. Imagine Bayern, Real Madrid, Arsenal, or Man City facing England; it wouldn’t even be close… These men compete to a high level domestically because they’re surrounded by elites.

It pains me to say it, but this England squad is over-hyped. They might win a few games, but to win this tournament based on what we’ve seen so far? Not a f*cking chance.

England has dropped from favorites to third favorites in the bookmakers betting odds, and it’s not Southgate’s fault; it’s the press for over-hyping and expecting too much!

 

 

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