Gareth Southgate Lined Up To Replace Stuart Pearce as England Under 21 International Coach

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Former ‘Boro chief in line for under-21 job.

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Former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is in line to take over as England under-21 manager after Stuart Pearce’s job hangs in the balance, according to The Sun.

The man known as ‘Psycho’ is set for talks with the FA next week as his contract with the young lions is set to expire, however, after his side’s poor showing at the European Championships in Israel this month the chances of him being offered a new deal look slim.

England have already been eliminated from the tournament and currently sit bottom of the group after defeats to Italy and Norway, and they go into their final encounter with hosts Israel looking to notch up a victory for pride’s sake alone.

Pearce hopes to continue his six-year reign, but the FA have reportedly placed Southgate atop a shortlist that also contains the likes of Peter Taylor, Phil Neville and Glenn Hoddle.

Outgoing FA chairman David Bernstein said: “That will be discussed after the tournament.

“He has been pretty successful for us but this tournament hasn’t been a success.

“Overall, I think he’s done well over a long period, particularly with all the factors. He’s operated with quite a difficult hand.”

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