Gareth Southgate has told English managers they need to raise their game if they want jobs in the Premier League. The Newcastle takeover situation has cast doubt over the future of Steve Bruce and soon only Dean Smith, Graham Potter and Sean Dyche could be the only homegrown managers in the top-flight.
St George’s Park was established to improve coaching in this country and former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been shadowing Southgate over the past week to further his education.
But the England manager warned there is only so much formal training can achieve.
“I’ve always said our job [as English managers] is to better ourselves and improve all the time and make ourselves as employable as we can be,” Southgate said.
“That’s got to be the challenge for all of us. For coaches, learning should never stop. You learn from every situation you’re in.
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“As an FA, we have to make sure our coaching education courses match that. But also, when you get to a certain level, it is not about the courses.
“It’s about the experiences, it’s about sharing with other coaches, other business and just seeking every ounce to get better.”
Southgate meanwhile says he feels like he is “committing a crime” every time he picks an England team as he prepares to drop Phil Foden from Tuesday night’s team against Hungary.
Harry Kane will lead a more familiar-looking Three Lions at Wembley than the team that Foden inspired to win 5-0 in Andorra.
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The plan was always to rotate resources, and England now have such a rich vein of attacking options, Southgate feels he is creating victims whoever he leaves out.
It is a sharp contrast to his form for Tottenham this season, where his only goals have come in the Europa Conference League and the League Cup. The nature of seeding means many of those England qualifiers have been against weaker opponents.
Now Southgate feels that another 90 minutes against the team ranked just 40th in the world could reignite the England captain’s confidence against Premier League defences again.
“There are obviously some games that are against a lower level of opponent than you would get in the league, where it’s slightly easier to score goals,” Southgate said.
“That was probably what he found in the European games with his club as well. So maybe if you’re having a little spell you can get yourself back on track in a game like that.
“I can’t talk about the club but I think he feels settled in our environment. I think it’s an environment where he knows we have belief in him.
“We’ve obviously got a settled way of playing here. His team-mates know him, he knows his team-mates, he knows the patterns of play that we play towards.”