Gareth Southgate announced as England manager

It has been coming for a few weeks now and today we have the confirmation that former England player Gareth Southgate will be the new manager after a fairly impressive “trial shift” in recent weeks. Southgate has been in charge on an interim basis since the scandal that lead to Sam Allardyce stepping down in September and has won two games including a 3-0 over Scotland and a 2-0 win over Malta.

A panel of five interviewed the former England U-21’s Coach last week and it has been decided that he will be the man to take the England team forward. The team crashed out of Euro 2016 earlier this year in embarrassing circumstances under Roy Hodgson, something discussed in the Talk and Beans podcast a few months back.

The new Manager will be looking to take the team to the 2018 World Cup Finals and have significantly more success than his predecessors and is thought to have signed a four year deal which according to the Guardian will earn him between £1.5m and £2m a year.

Gareth Southgate has said that he is “extremely proud to be appointed England manager” . The new Manager also explained how he enjoyed working with the players over the previous four games and gave insight into his hopes going forward by stating “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there’s huge potential. I’m determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they’re proud of and one that they’re going to enjoy watching play and develop. For me, the hard work starts now”.

It will be interesting to see how this new regime will be, we just hope he doesn’t get England to a Shootout and fancy stepping up for a penalty himself.


Sam Allardyce officially steps down as England manager

After just 67 days the England national football team is without a manager again. Sam Allardyce had been appointed after Roy Hodgson stepped down after England’s embarrassing exit in Euro 2016.

The job started so well for ‘Big Sam‘, who won his first and now only ever game in charge with a 1-0 over Slovakia in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Although, Allardyce won’t be best remembered for his 100% record but more so for the dramatic reasons behind his exit. The veteran manager was caught out by reporters of The Daily Telegraph who were posing as businessmen, after Sam offered them advice on how to “get around” transfer rules. The newspaper have since said the following about their investigation “We began looking into corruption in English football last year after receiving information about specific managers, officials and agents – before Allardyce was appointed England manager”. Negative comments were also recorded from the meeting that were aimed at the man that Allardyce had replaced, Roy Hodgson as well as Prince William and Prince Harry.

Sam Allardyce offered to step down as England manager to the Football Association, who have since publically called his actions “inappropriate”. The FA have now got the task of replacing him and therefore possibly sticking with whoever was the second choice for the job before they appointed Sam. It’s an interesting time for football in general, with corruption at FIFA making headlines over recent years and investigations like these to see how corrupted the sport is in this country is also as far as transfers and business dealings.

The now unemployed manager was asked by reporters wether or not this would be his last management job in football, to which Sam replied “Who knows? We’ll wait and see.”

Talk and Beans: Euro 2016

Episode #5 is our Euro 2016 special.

Scott and Tom are joined by Dan “The Stat Man” and run through some of the highlights of the tournament. Listen out for their votes for best goal, favourite viral fan video, best hair, worst kit and much more unnecessary but fun topics. The boys also discuss England’s continued footballing problems and who they would like to see as the next England Manager.



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