Fewston’s Gareth Southgate has been appointed caretaker manager of the England national football team following Sam Allardyce’s departure from the role.
Allardyce’s brief tenure in charge of the Three Lions came to an end on Tuesday evening after he appeared on film appearing to suggest ways to get around FA rules on player transfers.
He departed by mutual consent, paving the way for the temporary installation of England under-21s boss Southgate, who lives just outside Harrogate.
The former Middlesbrough manager will take the reins for October’s World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, November’s meeting with Scotland, plus a friendly versus Spain.
This is despite Southgate reportedly being firmly against taking the role on a permanent basis when Roy Hodgson resigned after England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.
As well as residing close to Harrogate, Southgate’s children attend school locally, and the 46-year-old recently turned out for Pannal Ash Cricket Club in the Nidderdale Cricket League.