The FA’s desire to insert a break clause in Gareth Southgate’s England contract is the biggest hurdle to overcome in the on-going negotiations between the two parties.
Southgate was interviewed for three hours at St George’s Park on Monday by the FA’s five-man selection panel, which included Chairman Greg Clarke, chief executive Martin Glenn and Technical Director Dan Ashworth.
With no other candidates are expected to be interviewed, the belief is that Southgate will become England’s next permanent manager, however, negotiations over the finer details of Southgate’s contract are on-going with some issues yet to be resolved – and the insertion of a break clause said to be the biggest point of contention at this stage.
Gareth Southgate wants a contract lasting until the end of the European Championships in 2020, to enable continuity, which he believes, is in the best interests of the team as well as himself.
It is understood that in principle the FA agree with the length of contract, but are keen to insert a break clause which would enable either party to terminate the agreement after the World Cup in 2018, which Southgate’s representatives have so far refused to accept. A break clause would essentially mean Southgate is on an 18-month contract until the summer of 2018, with the option of a further two years based on England’s performance at the World Cup, but according to Sky sources Gareth Southgate is not currently prepared to accept.