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Gareth Southgate appointed as FA Head Of Elite Development.

Tue 1st Feb 2011 | Football Governance

The Football Association today announced that Gareth Southgate has been appointed to a newly created role of Head of Elite Development.

His key responsibilities will be to work with Sir Trevor Brooking on developing and implementing the results and recommendations of the recently approved FA Youth Development Review, with a key objective of developing more, better players and coaches to positively impact the England teams in the future.

Southgate will also work with Sir Trevor on building stronger links with the Premier League and Football League through contributing to the emerging Elite Performance Plan.

He will contribute to the development of the elite coaching programme, work closely with FA development coaches and The FA Learning Division and also play an active role in the development of St George’s Park.

Following the appointment, The FA’s Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking said:  “I’m delighted Gareth will be joining us. He has a wealth of experience as a player internationally, in the Premier League and in Europe. He’s also a very high-calibre individual.

“He’s a fully qualified Pro Licence coach, who has recently retired as a player and managed in the Premier League. This gives him a genuine understanding of the various challenges facing us.

“Gareth will work directly with me, Ray Clemence, Stuart Pearce and all of our development team coaches. He will also work closely with General Secretary Alex Horne, Adrian Bevington in Club England and our FA Learning staff.

“It’s a really important role to assist in developing our elite, young players and working with coach education and the development of St.George’s Park.

“This role will be focused on development and Gareth will not be directly involved with Fabio Capello and his coaching staff.”

On his appointment, Southgate said: “I’m really pleased Sir Trevor and The FA have offered me this position. As a former England player, I’m committed to helping develop a greater number of high quality international players. It's a great challenge and I know there is a lot of work to complete after an extensive review which took place last year and I’m looking forward to starting the job.”

Southgate will begin his role in February 2011 and will continue working for ITV Sport.

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