England manager Gareth Southgate named coach of the year at the BBC's SPOTY 2018

Sunday 16 Dec 2018
England manager Gareth Southgate has enjoyed a successful 2018 with his staff and squad

England manager Gareth Southgate was honoured as coach of the year for 2018 at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday.

It’s been a memorable year for the Three Lions, with Southgate leading his squad to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer before sealing qualification for next summer’s inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals last month.

And those achievements saw Southgate pick up the honour at the ceremony in Birmingham, where he was presented with the award by Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds, the original performers of England's song-of-the-summer, 'Three Lions'.

"I'm incredibly proud to receive the award," said Southgate, after receiving his award.

"If you win as a coach, then it means that your players have done something right and we've had an exceptional group of players who've really acquitted themselves brilliantly and an incredible support team, a lot of whom are here tonight, so it's a special night for them and thank-you to them for all of their help.

Southgate coached the Three Lions to the semi-finals in Russia in 2018


"Ultimately, we didn't quite win and I'm conscious of that and until we all win together, then we won't rest or sit back and be satisfied.

"But I think what we did do, sport is about inspiring people and bringing enjoyment to people, and we loved the journey with all of you and on behalf of all the team, I thank you for all of your support."

There was also third-place in the main award for England captain Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot in Russia, but was behind F1 racer Lewis Hamilton and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas in the running for Sports Personality of the Year.

The Three Lions will be in action again in March, when they kick-off their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Czech Republic. Tickets are on sale now.

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By FA Staff