Gareth Southgate: I was worried about the fans and my position
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Gareth Southgate was worried about his team and his position after a poor performance in the League of Nations. The Englishman believed that the defeat against Hungary (4:0) would have a great impact on everyone. "I was worried after that game the team would be affected by the narrative about whether the manager stay or go, and when we went into the games in September we were a little bit anxious,” he told BBC Sport.
"At Wembley against Germany the crowd weren't against their team but they were waiting to see what happened.
I've been around teams where that can inhibit performance, and the last thing you want as a manager is that your presence is divisive and inhibits performance." He was especially worried about the relationship between the fans and him.
"I knew I had support with the players and [the FA], there are bigger things at stake with England than just [that].
My only concern was when it feels like there might be division between what the fans want and where my position might have been, that can affect the team, and I was conscious of that leading into the World Cup.
I felt we had great support, but I was conscious, how would things be during and after?"
Gareth Southgate and the project
Southgate was asking himself the question; Is it a good option to stay after the World Cup? However, he is aware of how much effort and effort he put into this project, and he did not want to give up so easily.
"You need to give yourself time in these situations to make good decisions," he added.
"I think it's easy to rush things when emotions are high, and very often you have to sleep a little bit more and come to the right conclusions.
The question for me was, 'is it the right thing to keep taking this project on?' Because it's not just the six years I've been with the seniors - I've been here 10 years with developing everything as well. So I wanted to make sure I'm still fresh and hungry for that challenge”.