Les Reed believes that it’s going to take plenty to persuade Gareth Southgate to leave his position as England manager.
Southgate is currently preparing for the start of Euro 2020, his second major tournament since replacing Sam Allardyce almost five years ago.
But the 50-year-old recently emerged as a shock candidate for the vacant Tottenham job, with Jose Mourinho’s position yet to be filled despite his departure coming in April.
Southgate’s only previous job in club management was more than 12 years ago at Middlesbrough – although it ended miserably after he was sacked following their relegation to the Championship.
But Southgate’s work with the England U21s gave him the opportunity to become the senior boss, and he’ll be looking to build on the good work he produced at the 2018 World Cup.
And Reed told Football FanCast that Southgate’s focus remains firmly on the Three Lions, meaning a move to Tottenham is unlikely:
“Gareth would have an incredibly good relationship with Harry, for sure, and I think that would be seen as a panacea to a number of the problems Tottenham have.
“But, personally, I think Gareth wants to win the World Cup, so I think it’s going to take a lot for any club to persuade Gareth to leave the job he’s got because the passion for winning the World Cup and European Championships is strong.
“I think it’s a long shot that Gareth will leave.”