Gareth Southgate’s new England contract explained – including truth behind pay rise

Gareth Southgate will not get a pay rise with his new contract – unless he delivers success on the pitch.

Southgate, 51, has signed a new two year extension to his existing £2.5m-a-year deal but he will only get extra cash if he wins trophies, reaches latter stages of major tournaments and earns a share of commercial tie-ups on the back of success.

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham made the proposal because the organisation made £300m losses through the pandemic, made more than 100 jobs redundant and is still making big cut backs.

Southgate and his No2 Steve Holland were happy to buy into the new contract as they believe they can achieve success but also insisted it was the right thing to do.

Three Lions boss Southgate, whose new deal runs until December 2024, said: “I have always wanted through my life to be fairly rewarded but to deliver value for money for the organisation I work for. It’s always been important to me.

Gareth Southgate will be England manager until 2024
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“Within the FA I am very conscious of what we have been through as an organisation. I am very conscious that we fund grassroots football and so whatever we have earned over the period of time it would have been right to have to prove ourselves.

“Now we have Wembley full more regularly and the prize money for reaching the latter stages of tournaments and we want to make sure that when we are sitting listening to our chief financial officer telling us where we are that we have more than played our part in keeping the business side in the right place.

“That is a consequence of performances and results and bringing enjoyment to the country as well. In an ideal world you want, as a manager who cares about English football and about the organisation, to be able to fulfil all those things really.

“The men’s senior team drives a lot of the revenue that comes into the organisation so to fund what we do in other areas of the FA we need a successful senior men’s team.

“Our challenge is to continue to do that to help some of that funding but also to role-model some of the things we want to do throughout English football, to encourage English coaches, to keep St George’s Park current and a hub that really makes the nation or the football community proud.”

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