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Southgate Leaves the FA

Fri 20th Jul 2012 | Football Governance

The FA have confirmed that Gareth Southgate will not be continuing in his role as Head of Elite Development and no longer wishes to be considered for the role of FA Technical Director.

The former England international joined The FA in January 2011, working extensively on delivering proposed recommendations to the formats and structure of youth football, which were recently approved by FA shareholders.

He has also played a strong role as part of a wider group developing the facilities and plans for St. George's Park and worked closely with the leagues in the implementation of the Elite Player Performance Plan.

Southgate said: "I'd like to place on record just how much I've enjoyed working at The FA over the past 18 months. It really has been an honour and a pleasure.

“Hopefully, I have been able to play some part in delivering important changes to the way children play at the youngest levels. It has also been a tremendous experience to work on the delivery of St. George's Park.

"The FA is heading in the right direction in terms of developing more, better coaches and players at all levels of the game under the leadership of David Bernstein, Alex Horne and Sir Trevor Brooking. I would like to thank them for their support throughout my time with the organisation.

"I've advised The FA that I will be pleased to help with specific projects moving forward".

FA General Secretary Alex Horne added: "Gareth has made an outstanding contribution in supporting Sir Trevor Brooking and myself across various aspects of our football development work over the last 18 months.

"We're disappointed, but understand his decision and would like to thank Gareth for his efforts and wish him well for the future.

"We continue to recruit for key technical positions within The FA at what is a very important and exciting time for the organisation, with the imminent opening of our new training centre at St. George's Park.”

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