Gareth Southgate hailed as a role model for coaches after guiding England to Euro 2020 final

Gareth Southgate has been hailed as a role model for grassroots coaches across the country after guiding England to a historic Euro 2020 final

  • Gareth Southgate has been hailed as a role model for grassroots coaches
  • He led England to the European Championship final for the first time
  • UK Coaching CEO Mark Gannon also praised Southgate’s qualities as a person

Gareth Southgate has been hailed as a role model for coaches across the country after leading England on their historic run to the Euro 2020 final.

UK Coaching CEO Mark Gannon said: ‘If you ever needed someone at the top of the tree to look at and say ‘that’s a role model for what great coaching looks like’, it’s him.

Gannon, who recalled a quote from former American basketball player and coach John Wooden when reviewing Southgate’s work with England, added: “A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life, and that’s the difference.” .

Gareth Southgate has been hailed as a role model for coaches across the country

‘A good coach has a balance. There’s the technical, the tactical, but what else can you get out of your players that gives them that extra two or three percent that makes the difference?’

England’s unforgettable journey to a first major final in 55 years was certainly a testament to Southgate’s ability to get more out of his group than any team from England had managed since 1966.

Gannon, whose organization is the UK’s leading coaching charity and represents the country’s three million coaches, believes the way Southgate led them could be an inspiration.

He said: ‘The distinguishing factor of a great coach is the connection with people and Gareth Southgate has that in abundance.

The manager guided England to the final of the European Championship for the first time

The manager guided England to the final of the European Championship for the first time

‘Coaching is about people, not just the sport. The culture you adopt, ethos. The way you coach and lead. He connects with the individual player, the team, the coaching team around him and the wider FA support network. He has united us as a nation.

“He is an ultimate professional. Great leaders are calm, which instills confidence in the people they work with. That is one of its qualities.

“He’s a fairly calm, composed, balanced and thoughtful leader.”

UK Coaching CEO Mark Gannon also praised Southgate's professionalism as a manager

UK Coaching CEO Mark Gannon also praised Southgate’s professionalism as a manager

While earlier generations in England may have been more heralded but ultimately subpar, Southgate has also found the right methods to get his young squad involved, which is another valuable lesson from the world of elite sport for grassroots coaches.

Gannon said: ‘If you have a coach who is great with technique and skill, but can’t relate to the next generation, they can be put off.

“Our job at UK Coaching is to try and find that balance between the technical and tactical and what we now call the strength skills. We refer to people skills as power skills, because they really inspire the participant.’

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