Jamie Carragher says Gareth Southgate must step down as England manager after Qatar’s World Cup and leave ‘on his own terms’ following the ‘change of mood’ among fans… but Liverpool legend calls criticism of his tactics a ‘JAKE ‘
Gareth Southgate would have to give up his role as England manager after Qatar’s World Cup because he deserves to leave on his own terms, says Jamie Carragher.
Southgate – who have designated his 26-man squad to travel to the World Cup on Thursday – is gearing up for his third major tournament in England’s hot-seat this month, with the Three Lions kicking off their World Cup campaign against Iran start 21.
There are high hopes for his squad after last year’s success at Euro 2020, where they enjoyed a historic run to the country’s first major final in 55 years, as well as their unlikely semi-final at the previous World Cup in 2018.
However, for the first time in his England reign, Southgate has entered a competition with some calling for his replacement.
Jamie Carragher says Gareth Southgate must resign as England coach after the World Cup
Poor form over the summer, which saw England go through five games without wins, has raised concerns over his suitability for the role – and Carragher believes he is ‘intelligent enough’ to feel the mood has changed.
“If I were Gareth Southgate, I would make the Qatar World Cup my swan song as England manager,” the former England and Liverpool defender wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
“Hopefully England will produce at a level strong enough to ensure Southgate does.
“After his excellence in the job thus far, he deserves the least that he leaves on his own terms when he feels the time is right. He’s intelligent enough to have sensed a mood swing in recent months, even if some of the negativity around him leading up to the tournament is a joke.”
Southgate enters this tournament with a call to replace him as manager
After accusing these critics of having a “short memory” given England’s recent improvement at major tournaments, while also insisting they won’t find “high-octane” football at a World Cup, Carragher explained why he feels Southgate has ‘overperformed’ since taking the helm.
“Southgate’s problem going into this year’s tournament is that an undercurrent of negativity about his approach has taken hold and it’s hard to see how he’s turning it around without actually winning the World Cup,” he continued. “It is unreasonable to suggest that he should change course from the formula that has brought England so far in the last two competitions.
“He has not failed to get the most out of a talented squad, as some claim. He has surpassed with a very good couple.
“Go through the current England squad and there are three players who would be a regular first choice at any club in the world – Harry Kane, Phil Foden and, in the future, Jude Bellingham.
“Compare that to the 2006 roster, when you could name at least nine who peaked in that category: Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Michael owen .
England enjoyed a historic run to the country’s first major final since 1966 just over a year ago
Carragher urged Southgate to bow on his own terms, saying he could ‘hold his head high’
“The suggestion that this is the best England team since 1966 is a myth, but the more it gains momentum, the more Southgate has to deal with unrealistic demands. If England make it past the quarter-finals in Qatar, they will have exceeded expectations again, but still the idea is starting to emerge that the logical next step is to win a final. England are not the best team in Qatar and it is hard to say they are among the strongest four.”
He then concluded: ‘Leaving the job would be the hardest decision in Southgate’s career and I’m sure his sole focus is on next month. It was only last year that he signed an extension until 2024 to clear up any speculation before leaving for Qatar.
“The natural cycle has to be revised every four years so that a coach builds towards the next World Cup. Unless Southgate has the energy for that, it would be wiser to step away.
Southgate can win the doubters for a third time in the coming weeks. My hope for Qatar is that England will maintain their interest in the league again until the last week to give Southgate the opportunity to leave the track with their heads held high through the front door.