Trevor Sinclair backs Gareth Southgate for Leeds United job, Simon Jordans reacts
Ex-England international Trevor Sinclair believes Gareth Southgate is good enough to manage Leeds United or Newcastle United.
Speaking on talkSPORT [10:40, 13/10/21], Sinclair suggests the Three Lions boss could be on the radar of the Premier League duo in the future.
“I think with where he lives, Harrogate, and where that is situated domestically in the country, I would say something like Leeds or Newcastle,” Sinclair said.
“I think he’s good enough for that. You look at his record, he’s got the second-best win ratio of any England manager.”
Ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan chuckled as Sinclair mentioned Leeds and Newcastle as possible destinations, before Jim White posed a question of whether the 51-year-old could do a good job in the Premier League.
“Yes, because he set it alight previously,” Jordan replied sarcastically.
“It’s an interesting perspective, slightly warped. I can’t imagine there’s a queue of domestic clubs wanting to take Gareth Southgate.
“If we’re talking about him managing Burnley, fine okay, I can see that argument, absolutely. If you’re talking about him managing Norwich or a promoted West Bromwich Albion [fine], but if you’re talking about him managing a top-six club…”
Southgate has done a good, possibly very good job with England, but there’s a huge difference between club and international football.
His only experience as a club manager came with Middlesbrough who he left in 2009 after a three-spell on Teesside that saw ‘Boro relegated from the Premier League.
After four years out of management, during which regularly appeared as a pundit for ITV Sport, Southgate started to rebuild his reputation with the England Under-21s before being thrown in at the deep end with the senior side in 2016.
He has overseen a restructuring of the national team, introducing younger players, and he guided the Three Lions to a European Championship final in the summer.
However, can he really be seen in a similar light to Marcelo Bielsa?
Okay, Bielsa’s trophy cabinet may not be heaving, but his style is unique and one that has been followed closely by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, who have cited his influence on them.
If and when El Loco leaves Leeds, Andrea Radrizzani will surely be targeting another innovative coach, or one with a track record of success.
Southgate can’t be high up on the list of potential successors to Bielsa at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, George Galloway has slammed this Whites player in a thinly-veiled Elland Road dig.