It’s all change

The Sports desk here at has loved every second of Qatar 2022. I am sure you know that to be the case, we have put it in every article it feels like.

All the goings on, on the pitch, have made this World Cup one of the best in living memory. My first World Cup, which I remember was France 1998 (I am showing my age, I am starting to get old!).

What we on to talk about in this article though is the goings on off the pitch. In what seems unprecedented territory, there are several changes in the managerial roles of several nations.

Former world number one Belgium will need a new manager after Roberto Martinez confirmed he will step down as will the current world number one side Brazil, whose manager stepped down after the penalty shootout loss to Croatia.

Spain, who were knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 for the second successive time, have acted swiftly by replacing Luis Enrique with their Under-21 boss Luis de le Fuerte.

Three managerial resignations are a lot, there are more managers to add to this list as it appears that World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps will not carry on after this tournament and maybe, will be replaced by Zinedine Zidane? Only time will tell.

The former French captain has arguably taken this French team the furthest it can go, so Didier, if he does leave will do so with his head held high. Lastly, we want to mention current England manager Gareth Southgate.

Former Middleborough and England Under-21 manager Southgate has galvanised a side that wasn’t getting anywhere near its potential. Although this hasn’t yielded silverware, The Three Lions are getting closer.

There are not many viable replacements for the 52-year-old, although Mauricio Pochettino has been mentioned as a candidate. That shouldn’t be a reason to keep someone in a job due to lack of replacement, Gareth Southgate on occasion’s a tad pragmatic, in Qatar 2022 his England side have approached the tournament in the right way.

Whoever becomes the new manager of the countries we have looked at, one thing for certain is that USA/Canada 2026 is going to be different to Qatar 2022.

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