Gareth Southgate has called on the Football Association to make a final decision about the England job within a month, which has prompted fans to consider whether he is the right man for the role.
The former Middlesbrough footballer is in the running to become the Three Lions’ permanent manager following the dismissal of Sam Allardyce, who lasted just 67 days in charge after being caught up in The Telegraph’s media sting.
In fairness, it’s difficult to judge whether Southgate is the right man given that he has overseen just three games, with a friendly against Spain on the way, during this interim period.
Southgate’s term started off positively with a 2-0 win over Malta in England’s World Cup qualifying campaign, but the team were held to a goalless draw by Slovenia three days later.
Perhaps the crucial moment for Southgate came on Friday evening when Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill scored to give the Three Lions a 3-0 victory over rivals Scotland at Wembley.
The fact that Southgate has been in charge of the U21s since 2013 puts a lot of ticks in his column as the FA are likely to be looking for a manager that can delve into the inner workings of St George’s Park and continue to develop their system.
It remains to be seen whether he will be offered the job, but the 46-year-old wants a decision to be made before Christmas.
“It will be important for me to know what I’m doing after the middle of November,” Southgate told reporters.
“We’ve got a European U21 Championship to prepare for and the seniors have got their next round of qualifiers [in March].
“Of course everybody is going to want to know, I guess, by the end of November, middle of December, where everything is heading so we can decide who is responsible for which parts of the organisation’s work.”
With Southgate seemingly throwing his hat into the ring to become England’s permanent manager, the fans have had their say on the subject via social media…
Gareth Southgate is the best man for the job as he has experience with the national team. He knows all the youth players and seniors
— dan (@_DanPenney) November 14, 2016
— Adam Daber (@manuman61) November 13, 2016
#southgate "Please don't let it be him" for England manager! Lotto wish?
— RK (@UtopiaLibera) November 14, 2016
Appointing Southgate as #England boss is like opening the fridge and eating half a can of cold baked beans, cos that's all that's in there.
— David Rider (@EasyTen) November 13, 2016
The national team manager Gareth Southgate how has he snook in the back door he is a terrible awful choice doesn't inspire anyone #england
— Niel Hartley (@nielhartley) November 13, 2016