Gareth Southgate to sign new deal to remain England boss until after Qatar World Cup
Southgate almost guided the Three Lions to a first World Cup final since 1966 in what was a memorable campaign in Russia
Gareth Southgate is on the verge of signing a new four-year contract to carry on as England manager for the 2022 World Cup.
The 48-year-old, whose current deal expires in 2020, guided England to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer, equalling the national team’s best performance at a World Cup finals since they won the tournament in 1966.
The deal is an improved one with his salary to increase to a reported £3million a year.
The contract will be discussed at a Football Association board meeting on Thursday.
It will be welcome news for the England team ahead of their UEFA Nations League match at Croatia on October 12.
Southgate initially took over as caretaker boss after Sam Allardyce’s sudden departure in September 2016 before signing a four-year deal as permanent England boss in November of that year.
After the World Cup, FA chief executive Martin Glenn said the organisation wanted Southgate, who won 57 England caps to stay beyond Euro 2020.
And this new deal will see Southgate remain Three Lions manager until the end of December 2022, with the Qatar World Cup to be staged in the winter.
However, Glenn also admitted the FA could not compete with a Premier League side in terms of pay.
Southgate’s current salary is understood to be £1.8m a year, with performance bonuses taking it closer to the £2.5m his predecessors Allardyce and Roy Hodgson reportedly earned.