Positives and negatives of sacking Gareth Southgate ahead of World Cup

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We are debating whether Gareth Southgate should be in charge of England ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

England men’s national team has endured arguably the worst period in international football in a long time after last night’s 4-0 defeat by Hungary.

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The Three Lions were beaten by the same side ten days earlier before drawing against Germany and Italy to leave them bottom of their Nations League group.

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Yesterday’s result was the worst home defeat in over 90 years and has increased the pressure on England boss Gareth Southgate.

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The former defender was the subject of a chorus of boos across the Molineux Stadium and fans flocked to social media to share their thoughts on his potential sacking and who they wanted to use as his replacement.

However, the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar throws Southgate’s position into question, raising questions about whether getting rid of him at this point would be a sensible idea.

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We take a look at some points on whether Southgate should be sacked or stay in office this winter…

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Can he come back from this?

After an appalling start to England’s Nations League campaign, it’s hard to imagine how Southgate can come back from it.

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It’s very rare for a coach to lose twice in ten days and concede five goals against Hungary and somehow turn it around – especially in such a short space of time.

It’s even more difficult when it seems that the manager’s tactics and team selection are largely to blame for this terrible drop in form.

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We clearly have very talented players and the question is whether a new potential boss would make better use of those talents.

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Five more months

If Southgate had just recovered from yesterday’s defeat at a Premier League club, or if the World Cup wasn’t taking place until next year, his sacking would be far more likely.

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However, the Qatar tournament is due to start in five months and Southgate has spent the past year preparing for it.

Despite Southgate’s disappointment this month, it’s difficult to expect a new manager to arrive and weed out the team ahead of November’s opener against Iran.

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A risk worth taking

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After last night’s humiliating defeat, expectations of England’s participation in the World Cup have plummeted once again.

Whilst Southgate’s position has sparked debate due to the short time remaining before the World Cup kicks off, but if many expect us to flop in Qatar, isn’t it worth the risk?

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The 51-year-old could lead England into the tournament, have a disappointing season and give up his role in the new year.

So what if we better invite someone new? There is always the chance of a “new coaching leap” – even at the World Cup.

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past success

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Southgate was appointed England head coach six years ago and has since guided the national team to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, followed by last year’s Euro final against Italy.

While Southgate has been criticized for much of his time at the helm, calls for his sacking came after just four games this month.

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Should he be sacked over a handful of disappointing results?

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