Southgate job that has defeated some of the best football brains over half a century.
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Gareth Southgate was charged with bringing success to England's underachieving footballers Wednesday when he was confirmed as the team's permanent manager, a job that has defeated some of the best football brains over half a century.The 46-year-old Southgate, who has signed a four-year contract, has impressed the Football Association since stepping up from the U-21 team to succeed Sam Allardyce, who departed after just 67 days following a newspaper sting.Under Terry Venables, Southgate established himself as a new-age defender who knew how to do more than clear his lines.Southgate has subsequently mixed television punditry with working for the FA as head of elite development and then England U-21 manager.As a CV it is not much to set against that of Hodgson, say, who managed 16 teams in eight countries, or Italian Capello, who was in charge at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but the FA could be forgiven for saying, "So what?"
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