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Outspoken talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan has argued that Gareth Southgate is good enough to one day manage Burnley – but not a top six Premier League outfit.
The England boss has come in for criticism from some quarters following his side’s underwhelming 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Hungary on Tuesday evening.
The result has also sparked debate over whether or not the 51-year-old could one day make a return to the Premier League, having previously spent some time in the dugout with Middlesbrough – a stint that ultimately ended in the club being relegated to the Championship.
Discussing the matter on talkSPORT, former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair said: “I think with where he lives, Harrogate, and where that is situated domestically in the country, I would say something like Leeds or Newcastle.
“I think he’s good enough for that. You look at his record, he’s got the second-best win ratio of any England manager.”
Host Jim White then asked directly whether the national team manager could still do a good job in the top flight, to which ex-Crystal Palace chairman Jordan replied sarcastically: “Yes, because he set it alight previously!
“It’s an interesting perspective, slightly warped. I can’t imagine there’s a queue of domestic clubs wanting to take Gareth Southgate.
“If we’re talking about him managing Burnley, fine okay, I can see that argument, absolutely. If you’re talking about him managing Norwich or a promoted West Bromwich Albion [fine], but if you’re talking about him managing a top-six club…”