Gareth Southgate quit coaching his son’s football team as kids 'hated' it

ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate flopped coaching his boy’s Sunday side.

Southgate, dad to Flynn, now 17, said the players “hated” his stint in charge.


He said: “I was asked to help coach my son’s junior football team.

"As I was a manager at the time, I felt I could at least bring some experience to the role. As it turned out, I struggled to find a way to effectively communicate with players this young.”

He went on in new autobiography Anything is Possible: “As soon as a match started, they all just got over-excited and flocked around the ball!

"It was amusing, but it reminded me my coaching abilities are better suited to working with older players.”


The ex-boss of Middlesbrough, 50, added on the Headliners podcast: “To run a Sunday football team involves so much.

"I loved it – the kids hated it.

"My son doesn’t play football anymore, so just leave it at that.”

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