Gareth Southgate Favourite to Replace Stuart Peace as England Under 21 Manager

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The former Middlesbrough boss is favourite to succeed Stuart Pearce.

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Gareth Southgate is the bookmakers favourite to replace Stuart Pearce as England under 21 manager according to the Daily Mail.

Pearce’s contract runs out this month and he will find out next week whether it will be renewed following a disastrous European Championships where his side didn’t even manage a single point.

The former Manchester City boss criticised the FA for not allowing him to pick from his full squad, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones left out of the squad.

The FA now look set to part company with Pearce and are looking for a manager who can build good relationships with clubs and has the approval of senior boss Roy Hodgson.

Southgate appears to fit the bill and is looking at returning to management following three years working as a television pundit.

He was sacked by Middlesbrough in 2010 and became the FA’s Head of Elite Development for 18 months before deciding to step down, wanting a more hands on role.

The under 21 managers job seems to be getting harder with a lack of quality young players to choose from and clubs wanting to keep their young players away from the under 21 side for fear that they may get injured.

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