Gareth Southgate breaks silence on Manchester United links and makes Euro 2024 prediction

Gareth Southgate has been linked with the Manchester United job if Erik ten Hag leaves Old Trafford
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Gareth Southgate has stated that he is "totally relaxed" about his future despite rumours linking him to Manchester United after Euro 2024.

The England boss has dismissed any suggestion of discussions with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and the INEOS hierarchy ahead of this summer's tournament, even though Erik ten Hag's future remains uncertain.

Southgate is believed to be highly regarded by the new decision-makers at Old Trafford and would be a top contender on any list of potential replacements for Ten Hag. However, the 58-year-old has reiterated his focus on the national team.

England are currently the bookmakers' favourites for Euro 2024, with Southgate overseeing a talented squad including captain Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, and Declan Rice, among others. These players understand that this could be their manager's last opportunity to secure some silverware.

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Southgate's contract is due to expire at the end of the year, and while his future remains undecided, it is likely that the FA will push for a renewal regardless of the outcome of this summer's tournament. A return to club management could be in the cards, but for now, Southgate is only considering the immediate future.

"When I was 23 as a player, I would've been anxious about that," he confessed to GQ when asked about his future plans. "When I was 37 as a young manager, I'd have been anxious about that. But I'm 53 now and am totally relaxed about it, because life will go on whatever happens," reports the Express, via GQ.

"I also don't think it would be right to make a decision before a tournament. I remember Fabio (Capello) signing a new contract before (World Cup 2010) and everybody said: 'What the bloody hell are they doing? He should be proving himself in the tournament.'

"If I was two years into the job, then perhaps I would feel differently. But we're eight years in, and for me, all of my focus is on one thing: how do I get this team to win?"

Southgate's current position may hamper his likelihood of making the switch from England to United, with INEOS unlikely to sit idly until the end of the Euros if they are planning to release Ten Hag, whose fate is expected to be resolved this week.

However, Southgate's primary concern will be steering England towards European success, fully apprised that any triumph could surprisingly be attributed to their diet.

"Meals are important," he explained, "There's the refuelling part, but also it's social. It's like my kids: whenever I'm with them, I want to eat together as much as we can because (that's where) you find out how they're feeling really.

"That said, if you've ever been on a family holiday for any period of time, there's a lot of people who can get on each other's nerves after a while, so we are conscious of that."