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Gareth Southgate dealt main preparation blow only a month earlier than Euros

Gareth Southgate has suffered a serious setback in his Euro preparations after dropping a key member of his teaching employees lower than a month earlier than the match.

England coach Allan Russell left his function with the Soccer Affiliation after a court docket fined him £2,000 for his half in a highway site visitors accident final yr.

Russell, 40, who was a specialist striker coach in Southgate’s set-up, held talks with the FA who determined it was “in one of the best pursuits” for him to go.

Scotsman Russell was a passenger in a collision in Oxfordshire final yr which left man in one other car with severe accidents.

The news comes as a major blow to Southgate's preparations for the Euros
The information comes as a serious blow to Southgate’s preparations for the Euros

Russell was fined for permitting his automobile to be pushed by a member of the family who was over the authorized drink drive restrict and uninsured.

An FA spokesperson mentioned: “We have been made conscious final Thursday of the circumstances of Allan Russell’s involvement in a highway site visitors accident in July 2020.

“Now we have agreed with Allan that it’s in one of the best pursuits of all for him to depart his consultancy place. We want to thank him for his work.”

Russell (left) had worked alongside Southgate since 2017
Russell (left) had labored alongside Southgate since 2017

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England boss Southgate could promote from inside to bolster his teaching employees however could wrestle to discover a direct alternative for such a specialist place.

Russell labored with the likes of Harry Kane after becoming a member of the FA in 2017 and Kane completed the 2018 World Cup as prime scorer.

Russell additionally works at Aberdeen the place he’ll keep on after they mentioned he was “deeply remorseful.”

A spokesman for Russell mentioned: “He’s very conscious of the affect this has had on all events concerned.

“Moreover, he doesn’t wish to develop into a distraction to Gareth Southgate and the England group going into the Euros this summer season.

“He has subsequently agreed to depart his put up with the FA and can focus absolutely on his teaching function at Aberdeen FC.”

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