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Results will not seal Southgate's fate, insists FA chief executive

By Sean Taylor

Chief executive Martin Glenn has stressed the Football Association is looking for a long-term appointment as England manager and described Gareth Southgate as a "credible candidate".

Glenn insisted Southgate's next two results in temporary charge of the senior team will have little bearing on whether he gets the job full-time.

The 46-year-old stepped up from his role as under-21 boss on an interim basis following Sam Allardyce's departure at the end of September. He has already overseen a victory against Malta and a draw with Slovenia in World Cup qualifying, with the four points enough to keep the Three Lions top of Group F.

Southgate will remain at the helm for next month's clash with Scotland at Wembley, as well a friendly against Spain.

"Even if those matches don't go so well, he would still be a candidate," Glenn said. "You don't judge a good manager on the basis of one or two games.

"He will almost certainly be a candidate. It's up to him to decide whether he wants to do it - we hope he would put himself in the frame. Gareth is a really credible candidate. He knows the international set-up, he's done great work with the under-21s and he wants to translate that across to the senior team.

"But whoever the next England manager is, we want somebody in place for the long term. In the past we have gone for foreign managers who might have been attracted by the prospect of helping us win a tournament, but then they haven't perhaps left the international set-up in a better place when they've left."

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