Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn on Thursday said that Gareth Southgate was not given an easy ride at his interview for the England manager’s job.
Southgate signed a four-year contract after guiding the side through four games as an interim manager following Sam Allardyce’s ouster.
“We already had a good body of discussions or former interviews with people and that was the set of information we measured Gareth against,” Glenn told reporters.
“Gareth came through that process. I’ve seen the interview process was reported as a fireside chat, it was anything but."
“It was three hours with [consultants] Howard Wilkinson and Graeme Le Saux, the chairman, myself and [technical director] Dan Ashworth. There was some feisty opinions from the more technical people in the room.”
Glenn said Southgate was thoroughly tested by the interview process.
“We looked at Gareth’s power of analysis, would it stand up to scrutiny? It’s a high-pressure role. We had him individually assessed for mental strength, how he makes decisions under pressure."
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Southgate said he was proud to land the job, but said success was a must and vowed to redefine the team culture.
"There have got to be clear guidelines, but it's also important that players take some leadership in that. Look at elite teams and there's a clear process of players taking responsibility in what that looks like," Southgate said.
"I'm taking over at a point where the last two tournaments haven't been as successful as we'd like. There's big potential in the squad, but a lot of hard work ahead."
"We've got a group of players I think are going to develop a lot and it's important to look not just at short-term results.