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Southgate’s Firm Response to Man Utd Manager Rumors

Gareth Southgate Dispels Manchester United Rumours

In a world of football where the rumour mill is seldom still, England manager Gareth Southgate has been compelled to clarify his position amid widespread speculation linking him to the managerial hot seat at Manchester United. As the Premier League giants face a period of intense scrutiny and transition, Southgate’s name has emerged at the forefront of the conversation as a potential successor to the embattled Erik ten Hag.

Southgate’s Clear Focus on England

Despite the swirling rumours, Southgate remains unequivocally committed to his role with the national team, especially with the European Championships on the horizon. In a recent discussion with ITV, Southgate addressed the speculation with a firm dismissal, stating, “I’m not a big gambling man. They can make their odds but it’s not a conversation that’s been had with me.” His dedication is unwavering, “I’ve got one thing to focus on and that’s having as successful a tournament with England as possible. Everything else is a complete irrelevance to me.”

No Distraction from National Duties

Further solidifying his stance, Southgate, in an interview with the BBC, reiterated his lack of interest in the ongoing discussions about his career trajectory. “For me, it’s not an issue and it never has been,” he confirmed. His primary goal remains clear: “I have to deliver a successful tournament for England. There’s enough work involved in that.” This response underlines his intention to steer clear of club management distractions, ensuring his current commitments are met with undivided attention.

Pressure Mounts on Ten Hag

Meanwhile, at Manchester United, Erik ten Hag finds himself under increasing pressure. Following a season that could see the club record its lowest-ever Premier League finish, speculation about his future intensifies. With Sir Jim Ratcliffe now playing a pivotal role in the club’s administration, the upcoming summer transfer window is viewed as crucial for United’s strategy moving forward.

Future Prospects and Commitments

Southgate’s contract with the Three Lions extends until the end of 2024, and there are whispers of a possible extension. However, Manchester United’s interest could play a significant role in these discussions, as they weigh their options regarding Ten Hag’s role. As the summer approaches, the football community will closely monitor any developments, though Southgate’s current focus remains resolutely on national team success.

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