The Football Association are said to have been ‘shocked’ by the backlash England manager Gareth Southgate received following his side’s 4-0 defeat to Hungary on Tuesday night.
The humiliating defeat capped off a thoroughly underwhelming international break for the Three Lions. Southgate’s side began their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 1-0 away defeat to Hungary, before securing back-to-back draws against Germany and Italy.
However, they saved their worst performance for last with Molineux playing host to one of the worst results in the national team’s recent history. Roland Sallai put Hungary 1-0 up early on before three second-half goals confirmed a dominant win for the visitors.
Those in attendance expressed their frustration at full-time, aiming chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ in Southgate’s direction.
According to ESPN, the FA were shocked by the extent of this backlash due to England’s recent success in major tournaments. Southgate led the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and his side then fell at the last hurdle at Euro 2020 three years later.
The report goes on to state that although Southgate’s job is not thought to be in any danger ahead of the 2022 World Cup this winter, his position will be reviewed after the tournament.
The former Middlesbrough manager may opt to leave his post after the tournament anyway, even though he is still contracted until 2024.
Southgate has repeatedly insisted in recent press conferences that he is eager to not outstay his welcome in the dugout.