Gareth Southgate is the current manager of the England national football team. He also ranks as the third England manager in history to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup, after Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson. As such, he is an expert voice on the topics of Leadership, Teamwork and inspiring future generations to be the best that they can be.
About Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate began his iconic career on the pitch as a defender for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesborough. After putting in a long and successful service for all three clubs, he took up a managerial role at Middlesborough. Gareth has been widely praised for the social and cultural impact he has had on the nation both on and off the pitch. His leadership skills are second to none and he has a real passion for youth empowerment, highlighted most evidently through his work with the Princes Trust.
Gareth Southgate, after 3 years helming Boro – which included an 8-1 victory against Manchester City – was named manager of the England U21 team. He rallied them through to the finals of the European U21 Championships. His step up to the senior team took place in 2016 and it was here that the magical journey to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals began. Southgate was praised globally for the work he had done with the most successful English side in recent history.
The hard work continued as Southgate steered England to third place in the UEFA Nations League in 2019. This was the first third-place finish for the squad in a major international tournament since 1968.
Southgate then took England to the closest the have ever been to winning a major tournament since 1966. It was here at the 2020 European championships that his England side narrowly lost out in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out in the final to eventual winners, Italy.
Most recently, Gareth managed England at his third major tournament at the Qatar 2022 World cup where they were knocked out by France.
Having played 57 times for England himself, Southgate is ideally placed to mentor the future generation of English football. He was awarded the OBE in 2019 for services to football and is currently the BBC Sports Coach of the Year.
- Youth empowerment