The Premier League’s decision to allow Gareth Southgate to remain as Middlesbrough manager without the necessary qualifications has been criticised by the League Managers’ Association.
Southgate has been given permission to remain in charge of Middlesbrough until the end of the season while he gains the appropriate coaching badges and UEFA Pro Licence required by Premier League regulations.
However, the LMA are unhappy that Southgate has been allowed to carry on when other managers had to work to complete their their qualifications before being allowed to manage in the top flight.
A statement on the LMA’s website said: “The LMA is disappointed, but not surprised, that the FA Premier League board have once again chosen, as a matter of expediency, not to implement the League’s own rule (Q4) in respect of mandatory qualifications.
“The decision does not sit comfortably with those managers who were told that if they did not achieve Pro Licence status prior to the 2003-04 season, they would not be allowed to manage in the Premiership and as a result applied themselves, in many cases at their own considerable expense, to obtain the required qualification.”