Gareth Southgate's coaching staff confirmed

Saturday 01 Oct 2016
Steve Holland with Gareth Southgate on duty with England Under-21s

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed his backroom team for the Three Lions’ fixtures in October and November.

Sammy Lee will continue in his role as assistant manager while Martyn Margetson remains as goalkeeping coach.

Meanwhile Steve Holland, who has assisted Southgate at under-21 level for the last three years, will take up the position of first-team coach alongside his day-to-day role at Chelsea.

As a result, Craig Shakespeare has mutually agreed to not be a part of the England set-up for the foreseeable future but The FA will maintain close ties with the highly-regarded Leicester City assistant moving forward. 

FA technical director Dan Ashworth said: “We really appreciate Craig’s contribution with the England team and would like to thank him for his hard work with us.

“Craig is an outstanding coach and would be welcome back in the England set-up at any time.”


Sammy Lee, Craig Shakespeare and Martyn Margetson on the England bench in Slovakia

Lee and Margetson will continue in their roles, but Shakespeare departs

Explaining his decisions, Southgate said: “Steve is somebody who I have become close with in terms of the trust we have and we know each other’s ways of working on and off the pitch.

“The fact that I’m bringing Steve with me and retaining Sammy means that Craig’s role with England would change so we’ve agreed for him to solely concentrate on Leicester’s commitments for the time being.

“Craig is welcome back at any time and is somebody who I like and respect as a coach. However, circumstances on this occasion resulted in it being a logical decision for Steve to join me in the set-up and that’s a decision Craig respected.”

Southgate continued: “I’m pleased Sammy and Martyn will be staying on with us as part of the support team. They both bring huge personal qualities and experience of international football.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chelsea and Cardiff City for allowing Steve and Martyn respectively to continue to work with the England team.”

Southgate is due to name his squad for this month's games against Malta and Slovenia on Sunday evening.

 Keep up with the latest news on the England U21 team. 


By FA Staff