England are ‘wasting their time’ with Gareth Southgate and should replace him as manager with Jose Mourinho.
That’s according to former Middlesbrough striker Mido, who worked with Southgate during his ill-fated stint at the Riverside.
Southgate guided England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, with the Three Lions also securing a easy passageway through to next summer’s postponed European Championship having won seven of their eight group matches and scoring an impressive 37 goals along the way.
However, their hopes of qualifying for the Nations League finals are over following a 2-0 defeat against Belgium on Sunday night.
And that result came as no surprise to former Egypt international Mido, who is far from convinced by Southgate’s managerial credentials.
He took to Twitter on Monday to express his belief that Southgate should be utilised in a position where he can be effective – that being the FA’s new chairman following Greg Clarke’s controversial exit.
“England need a proper manager. They are wasting their time with Southgate,” the 37-year-old tweeted.
“It’s true he always says the right things in the media and probably that’s why he kept his job for so long but believe me, he is stuttering every time things goes wrong at half-time. Players feel his fear!
“My advice to the FA is go and get Mourinho as your head coach and appoint Southgate as the FA chairman. They are both perfect for the job. Get Southgate away from the players as far as you can.”
Mido further claimed that Southgate was ‘scared to death’ during Boro’s unsuccessful bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League in the 2008/09 campaign.
He explained: “I remember him at Middlesbrough, he was scared to death when we were fighting relegation. True, it was his first job, but these things never change.
“If you are scared of losing a football match, you will always be scared of losing a football match!! And players can always feel it.
“England got some top talents in their side, but they need a manager with strong character, someone who can get them to enjoy themselves and play with no fear. I’m sorry but Southgate is not the man to do that.”
Ahead of Sunday’s game, Southgate was accused of ‘holding England back’ with his defensive tactics.
Jamie O’Hara believes the manager is actually doing more harm than good by sticking with his 3-4-3, insisting England have the potential to be an attacking force ‘the world should be scared of’.
Speaking on Drivetime, the former Tottenham midfielder said: “My biggest problem with England and Southgate at the moment is that formation is holding us back.
“The 3-4-3 formation is too defensive, you always end up going to a five [at the back].
“You can still play three up front, but I just think you’re holding back the amazing quality we posses going forward.
“So, for me, Gareth Southgate is actually holding the England team back.
“You can beat Ireland and teams like that, but when we go to a major tournament and you come up against the big teams in the big moments…
“I think we’ve probably got the best five attacking players in Europe, so why are we not playing them all?
“In my opinion you have to play 4-3-3. I want to see Marcus Rashford off the left, Harry Kane up front, Raheem Sterling off the right, and I want to see Mason Mount and Jack Grealish in midfield, with Declan Rice sitting.
“That is the best you can get out of those players.
“When you’ve got five players who possess that much quality, the world would be scared of seeing that team sheet.”