In altogether unsurprising news, the FA have named Gareth Southgate permanent England manager.
The former Middlesbrough and England under-21 boss has been offered a four-year contract, after acting as interim boss for their last four fixtures.
Well done Gareth Southgate. No more of this interim stuff. Permanent England boss. Onwards & upwards.— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) November 30, 2016
For some, it’s a well earned and entirely appropriate appointment.
57 - The only permanent England manager to have won more caps as a player for England than Gareth Southgate (57) is Kevin Keegan (63). Pride pic.twitter.com/elVczyuC5n— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 30, 2016
For others, not so much.
You know it's been a bad year when Gareth Southgate becoming England manager isn't even in the top five.— Carl Jones (@CarlDJones) November 30, 2016
Hard to escape the notion that Southgate is just a convenient, safe appointment. Love to be proved wrong. But still. Hey ho.— Paul Taylor (@nottmtails) November 30, 2016
May I be the first to call for Gareth Southgate's resignation.— Mr Roger Quimbly (@RogerQuimbly) November 30, 2016
But in the main, it was just another funny footnote in a farcical chapter of England’s history.
Good luck to new England manager Gareth Southgate. I’m down to have my turn between 3-5pm on Jan 2nd but am busy so shout if you can swap.— David Schneider (@davidschneider) November 30, 2016
🎉 ⚽️ Gareth Southgate. England manager. Let’s celebrate ⚽️ 🎉 pic.twitter.com/osAckLukNg— BBC Three (@bbcthree) November 30, 2016
Generally however, the decision was met with a lack of energy.
Once spent 20 mins interviewing Southgate on the phone.
'Decent interview,' I thought.
Wrote transcript up. Realised he'd said nothing.— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) November 30, 2016
Southgate's the England manager, officially. pic.twitter.com/pWaqtcu4wy— BlueMoonRising (@BMRising) November 30, 2016
Gareth’s first job will be to get us out of our seats – over to you Gareth.