RLC, my comment wasn't intended as a criticism of Southgate at all. What he has done to gel the national team together, engage the fan base, improve competition performance etc. has been excellent. Perhaps clumsy wording on my part. My comment was singing the praises of Weigman, who has done a remarkable job. I would swap out ANY manager for Weigman. I have never seen such clarity and confidence instilled in a team before, and to do it in 9/10 months is astonishing. Even Sir Clive took longer than that!The criticism of Southgate baffles me.
The most successful England manager since Alf Ramsey, and arguably more successful if you consider tournaments played overseas.
Since Sir Alf there are arguably only a handful of England managers who have come close to achieving the potential of the players available - Robson, Venables (with the benefit of a home Euros) and Southgate. Sven's teams couldn't get past the quarter finals. The majority have been abject failures - Revie, Greenwood, Taylor, Hoddle, Keegan, McClaren, Capello. Hindsight being the wonderful thing it is, it is amazing how the FA could possibly have thought any of these could have been successful. Indeed, at the time few of them seemed to be the logical choice!Weigman has done an amazing job transforming the side, who didn’t look capable of attaining these heights under Phil Neville. I agree with ONIGP that it’s pretty well unique in sports management.
Southgate doesn’t get enough credit for what he’s achieved with a squad that’s nowhere near the calibre of some his predecessors. Arguably only Harry Kane is currently in the world class category, though the emerging Foden should be. Contrast with Sven etc who had the so-called golden generation in their squads but failed to progress to the extent Southgate’s teams have.