New England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate was today hailed by the man who chose him for the job – former West Brom chief Dan Ashworth.
Ex-Aston Villa skipper Southgate was confirmed as Stuart Pearce’s successor on Thursday and will begin his reign in earnest next month when England face their first qualifier for the 2015 European Championships in Moldova.
The 42-year-old will report to Ashworth, Albion’s one-time master of recruitment and now the FA’s new technical director, who led the recruitment process.
Ashworth was fulsome in his praise for the for Southgate, who is stepping back into management for the first time since being sacked by Middlesbrough in 2009.
“I look forward to working with Gareth,” said Ashworth.
“He came through a comprehensive interview process, showing a real understanding of our need to ensure a consistency in the style of play across the England development teams at every level. Gareth shares our belief that now is an important moment for English football.”