Ex-Villa, Middlesbrough Southgate steps down from development role with FA

Gareth Southgate has stepped down from his role as head of elite development with the Football Association.

Gareth Southgate has stepped down from his role as head of elite development with the Football Association.

The former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender took up the job 18 months ago and was tipped to become the FA’s new technical director but has decided to step down from his post.

"I'd like to place on record just how much I've enjoyed working at the FA over the past 18 months. It really has been an honour and a pleasure," said Southgate.

"Hopefully, I have been able to play some part in delivering important changes to the way children play at the youngest levels. It has also been a tremendous experience to work on the delivery of St George's Park.

"The FA is heading in the right direction in terms of developing more, better coaches and players at all levels of the game under the leadership of David Bernstein, Alex Horne and Sir Trevor Brooking. I would like to thank them for their support throughout my time with the organisation.

"I've advised the FA that I will be pleased to help with specific projects moving forward".

 
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