Gareth Southgate gave his first England press conference as interim manager yesterday following on from announcing his first squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.
He’ll have been surprised to even find himself in this position, but with the debacle surrounding Sam Allardyce over the last week, the former Aston Villa defender is, temporarily at least, in one of the biggest jobs in football.
Whether he gets the role on a permanent basis remains to be seen. He has only stepped in because of the Allardyce saga and ruled himself out of the running when Roy Hodgson resigned, but if the Three Lions put in particularly impressive performances, he may get offered the job on a full-time basis.
And his first outing as the England chief was impressive yesterday. Southgate came across as someone who deeply cares about the national team and answered in an honest fashion, which impressed onlookers on Twitter. Here’s the best of what they had to say…
Very impressed with that press conference from Gareth Southgate. "A sport I love and an industry I don't like" is a great statement #Eng
— David Rowland (@drolo86) October 3, 2016
I thought Gareth Southgate spoke very well at his press conference, I almost forgot he used to be a footballer. I wish him well.
— Paul Bentley (@sensisuperstar) October 3, 2016
Unsure stand-in England boss Gareth Southgate right for full time position but his handling of the press conference today was v.impressive.
— Steve Sykes (@sykotuba) October 3, 2016
That Gareth Southgate news conference was very impressive. Down to earth, intelligent – really hope he gets it right.
— Richard Newman (@rich_newman) October 3, 2016
Very impressive first press conference from Gareth Southgate! #England
— Mark Campion (@BanterBoy) October 3, 2016
Extremely impressive press conference from Gareth Southgate. Honest, confident and well spoken. #ENG
— Max Pollard (@MaxPollard92) October 3, 2016