Who Is Gareth Southgate: Biography, Personal Life, Net Worth, Football Career
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Gareth Southgate Biography
Gareth Southgate (born 3 September 1970) is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a defender or as a midfielder. He is the manager of the England national team. According to Astrologers, his zodiac sign is Virgo.
As a young boy growing up in Crawley, Sussex, he was a county champion at triple jump, one of the best 200m sprinters in his district, played basketball and rugby and excelled academically, according to his former teachers.
But Southgate suffered a major setback aged 14 when he was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter's disease, a condition which involves inflammation of the lower leg bone near the knee joint.
It ruled the versatile youngster out of all sports for months, which his father Clive said "tore him apart".
Southgate overcame the difficulties caused by his condition to begin his fledgling football career at Crystal Palace, joining the south London club as a schoolboy.
|His nickname at Crystal Palace was "Nord" |
Apparently, the name was given to him because his precise way of speaking reminded one of the coaches of English comedy writer and TV presenter Dennis Norden.
Gareth Southgate Family
He has been married to his wife Alison since 1997, and they have two children.
Gareth Southgate and wife Alison have been together 20 years - after having secret dates in a Tesco car park.
|Gareth Southgate, Manager of England hugs his wife Alison during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Photo Getty|
Alison, a former shop worker, was asked out by the current England gaffer two decades ago.
The pair now have two kids - a 21-year-old daughter, Mia, and her 17-year-old brother Flynn.
54-year-old Alison met Gareth, a then Crystal Palace trainee, when he was in his early twenties.
Southgate, who went on to play for Aston Villa before managing England, says he would loiter around Alison's boutique to catch a glimpse of her - occasionally starting up a conversation with her.
Unfortunately, it was not all plain sailing - because Alison was actually taken when the pair first met.
She lived with her boyfriend, but Gareth had a cunning plan.
He saw the pair while out one night at a restaurant - at this point the pair were on the verge of splitting. He slipped her his number, and the rest was history.
But for a while they were tasked with meeting in secret in a Tesco car park.
Mia is the oldest offspring of English Coach Gareth Southgate. She is a last year understudy at The University of Edinburgh, according to her LinkedIn. At present seeking after her schooling in Social Anthropology subject. Without a doubt, she is a sharp ally of football and the English National Team.
Mia’s dad is caught up with bringing the Euro 2020 title at home as he is set to confront an exceptionally energetic Denmark side on July 8, 2021, in the elimination rounds. Mia Southgate’s age is 19 years of age as of July 2021.
She was born in 1998, and her birthday is on November 16. As indicated by crystal gazing, she has a place with the Scorpio sign. Mia Southgate’s beau is Stuart Banks. It’s anything but realized when did they begin dating. Albeit, the heartfelt couple gets to know one another.
There were bits of hearsay about her dating England star Jack Grealish. Be that as it may, the data is absolutely bogus. It is on the grounds that Jack is as of now involved with model Sasha Attwood.
In any case, they could in any case be dear companions since Grealish has prepared close by the English lead trainer for seemingly forever. Mia Southgate is on Instagram.
Gareth Southgate Net Worth
The England manager's net worth is believed to be in the millions.
In 2018, Players Wiki reported it was in the region of $12million - or £9million.
Southgate earns around £3million per year as England manager.
In April last year, it was announced he would take a 30 percent payout.
Gareth SouthgateFootball Career
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The tough talk appeared to work as Southgate made his debut for Palace in October 1990, before he was made club captain aged just 22 when Smith became manager.
Bobby Bowry, who broke into the Palace team shortly after Southgate, says the club's young players faced the daunting prospect of playing alongside big characters such as Ian Wright and Mark Bright.
"It was either sink or swim in that environment," Bowry tells Sky News.
"The standards were so high in training that if you didn't perform, you'd get a kick up the backside."
Southgate - who could play in defence or midfield - was nicknamed Nord at Palace because of his precise way of speaking, which was compared to that of Denis Norden, the late presenter of It'll Be Alright On The Night.
"He was a very well spoken, well-educated person," Bowry says of Southgate.
"But in a 50/50 tackle, he would smash you. It's just that he wasn't your archetypal kid from Palace who's a street kid.
"You don't go and have a career like he's had in football if you haven't got that toughness and desire.
"If you saw him you'd think he's always got his head in a book but he's totally different.
"On a night out, he was great fun."
*Becoming a household name at Euro 96
|Southgate (bottom right) lines up for England at Euro 96. Photo News Sky|
After leading Palace to the First Division title in 1993-94, Southgate left the following season following their relegation from the Premier League after more than 150 appearances for the club.
He joined Aston Villa for £2.5m in 1995, the same year he made his debut for England - the first of his 57 international caps.
And it was playing for England during the summer of 1996 that Southgate became a household name.
Under manager Terry Venables, he played in every game for the national team at Euro 96, as Baddiel and Skinner's Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) rang out at Wembley for the first time.
On the evening of 26 June 1996, England played old rivals Germany in the semi-finals of the competition, and after the teams couldn't be separated following extra time, the tie had to be settled by a dreaded penalty shootout.
Bowry, who was in the crowd at Wembley, believed his former Palace teammate was going to score when he stepped up to take the spot-kick.
"He's such a good striker of the ball with both feet, I was actually confident he was going score," he tells Sky News.
"One year we'd played Man United in the FA Cup semi-final so we'd practised penalties that week and he was knocking them in for fun.
"But doing it in a training session and in front of 70,000 people is a totally different thing.
"When he came up, I think I was more worried than him.
"I think I closed my eyes."
With the shoot-out tied at 5-5 and going into sudden death, Southgate's tame penalty was saved, knocking England out of Euro 96 after Germany's Andreas Moller confidently converted his spot-kick.
|Gareth Southgate's penalty miss saw England crash out of Euro 96. Photo News Sky|
|His mum gave him very useful advice THAT missed his Euro '96 penalty |
Gareth Southgate dejected after failing to score in the penalty shoot out which ended England's Euro '96 bid
If it wasn't bad enough that the whole nation was criticising his penalty against Germany, as The Sun reports, Southgate's mum even had a few sage words of advice after the event, asking why didn't you just belt it?
*Stepping into management
Back in his club career, Southgate won the League Cup with Villa in 1996 and played in the FA Cup final in 2000, as his side lost to Chelsea.
He was also picked in the England squad for Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Southgate moved to Middlesbrough in 2001, captaining the side as they won the League Cup in 2004 and reached the UEFA Cup final in 2006, when they were beaten 4-0 by Sevilla in his final appearance as a player.
That summer Southgate stepped into management aged 35 when he took over at Middlesbrough, replacing Steve McClaren who had become England manager.
Former England under-20s captain Josh Walker, who played for Southgate at Middlesbrough as a teenager, says his old boss had "so much time for everyone... whether you were one of the players or you were the tea lady".
He even took time to listen to Walker when the player admits he overstepped the mark by complaining that he was not playing regularly aged 17.
*Landing the England job - after an unexpected turn of events
After the senior England team suffered a humiliating defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, manager Roy Hodgson was replaced by Sam Allardyce - but an unexpected turn of events would see Southgate soon take charge.
Allardyce was forced to resign after just one game following a newspaper investigation which claimed he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.
It meant Southgate took temporary charge of England, then in the early stages of their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, before he was made permanent manager in November 2016.
Shortly after Southgate had taken over as England manager, Bowry bumped into his former Palace teammate for the first time in 15 years at an under-21 tournament in Poland.
*Leading England to World Cup semi-final - and becoming an unexpected fashion icon
With supporters' expectations low going into the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after years of disappointment in successive tournaments, Southgate recaptured the nation's affection for the England team as they reached the semi-final - including winning their first ever World Cup penalty shootout against Colombia in the last-16.
And Southgate became something of an unexpected fashion icon as his trademark waistcoat was copied by fans across the country, with Marks & Spencer reporting a 35% increase in sales of the clothing item.
Southgate's England followed up their World Cup run by coming third in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019 before qualifying for Euro 2020.
After topping their group in the tournament, England beat Germany 2-0 in the last 16 and thrashed Ukraine 4-0 in the quarter-finals.
After a tense 2-1 win over Denmark in the semi-final, now a final against Italy awaits as Southgate aims to emulate Sir Alf Ramsey by leading England to their first major trophy in 55 years.
Gareth’s teaching styles gives us ten lessons
He teaches us 10 brilliant lessons in sustainable, credible and effective leadership:
1.Leadership matters off the pitch as much as on it: it’s who you are behind the scenes that counts as much as who you are in the heat of action.
2.As a leader, you have a voice and therefore an opportunity and choice to make to use that in support of others who don’t: Southgate recognises that young people look up to the England team and so they have a social responsibility to behave on and off and the pitch in a way that promotes strong values and integrity.
3.Whether it’s sport, business or education, if you’re a leader then you have the opportunity to show that there are some things that transcend whatever business we’re in – we all have a role to play in proactively creating a more inclusive and fairer society.
4.Humility is everything: even though you have a job that has been described as harder and higher profile than the Prime Minister, Southgate remains humble about himself and never lets his job title define who he is.
5.There is no place for an ego if you want to do a good job and support a team performance – none of us can succeed on our own, but great things happen if we create an environment where others can flourish and explore their potential.
6.This then enables high performing teams to become more than the sum of their parts. The team around a leader is vital and every leader needs to trust them to do what they are there to do and give them space to develop and deliver: you can’t know all the answers!
7.Perspective is crucial: while still wanting to win and perform to their potential, Southgate realises that there are things that matter more than competitive football. It is that grounded perspective that then helps players deliver the highest levels of performance under the greatest of pressures. Southgate also embraces one of the fundamental tenets of sports psychology which separates the concepts of performance and results – the team must focus on delivering their best performance, that’s all they can control. The results depend on lots of factors beyond their control from referees to injuries to balls hitting crossbars.
8.A sustainable strategy means not sacrificing core values or twisting to individuals in order to get the next result and working out the best way for your team to optimise their potential. Sustainable performance requires long-term thinking that doesn’t rely on an individual superstar and doesn’t bend to the will of the media or legions of fans who are only focused on the next game. This approach might not bring the most exciting football in the world but enables you to play to your strengths and therefore optimises results over time. Southgate has shown this by backing up a World Cup semi-final with a Euros quarter-final (at least) for the first time in decades.
9.The past doesn’t have to define the future: athletes understand that one set of (good or poor) results does not and cannot determine the next. Southgate’s team have shown that they can write their own history, regardless of the media and others trying to hang the past round their necks. Sometimes you have to cut out unhelpful voices in order to focus on what’s going to set you up to perform and cut yourself free from constraints that others place on you.
10.It’s ok to be vulnerable as a leader – Southgate admitted recently that he knows his place in the pecking order at home is behind the kids and the dog! He is not afraid to show how deeply his missed penalty in the Euro 96 tournament affected him: he repeated after the recent successful England-Germany game that he still regrets missing the chance to get his teammates to the final back in 1996. Yet at the same time, he knows that this is a different journey. We can all learn and move on from our past mistakes, not by burying them or denying them, but reflecting on them, learning from them and growing as a result to become the best leader we can.
Something that you don’t know about Southgate
He published books
In 2003, Southgate and his close friend Andy Woodman co-wrote Woody & Nord: A Football Friendship. This book describes an enduring friendship forged in the Crystal Palace youth team that has survived Southgate and Woodman’s wildly differing fortunes in the professional game. The book won the Sports Book of the Year award for 2004 from the National Sporting Club (now the British Sports Book Awards).
He was in this cheesy 1996 Pizza Hut advert
It wasn't bad enough that he'd let down the hopes of the entire nation, so he decided to send himself up on a Pizza Hut advert too.
Luckily he was in good company, with fellow penalty flunkers Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle in on the joke with him.
He couldn't listen to Three Lions for 20 years
Gareth Southgate has now revealed that he found it so difficult to cope with his missed penalty that he couldn't listen to Three Lions for 20 years.
Speaking to Sky News, the ex-footballer said: “Football’s coming home, I couldn’t listen to it for 20 years, frankly. It has a slightly different feel for me, but it’s nice to hear people enjoying it again.
"I would just walk out of the room. It is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time, but involved some difficult moments as well.
"I don’t stick it on, it’s not on the playlist, but I can listen to it now.”
Southgate added: "That ended in disappointment and it is nice to be able to put a different frame on it now."
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