Bowyer convinced Southgate will do well for England

New England boss Gareth Southgate
New England boss Gareth Southgate
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Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer says he is 'delighted' Gareth Southgate has been appointed England manager.

The 46-year-old was announced as the new boss of the national team on Wednesday and has been given a four-year contract.

Bowyer, a well-known supporter of giving jobs to home-grown coaches, welcomed the appointment.

He said: “I’m delighted for Gareth and for Steve Hollands, who’s going in as his assistant, who is someone I’ve known for years and years.

“I’ve met Gareth a couple of times and he’s a good bloke.

“You’ve seen the passion he has brought to the team already and I think it’s wonderful when you see your national manager turn and celebrate a goal like he did against Scotland.

“He’s got good knowledge but the fact he has been a player and been at that level will help the national team massively."

Southgate stepped up from his role as England Under-21s manager in September following Sam Allardyce's departure after only 67 days in charge.

He oversaw two wins and two draws as interim boss and has signed a contract reportedly worth up to £2m a year.

Bowyer added: “Everybody at Blackpool Football Club would like to congratulate him on his appointment and wish him all the success.

“I’m delighted because he’s a young English manager. I’m convinced he’ll do very, very well for us."

When asked if he would be interested in managing a national side later in his career, Bowyer replied: “It would have to be somewhere hot with a swimming pool.”