English FA are certain to offer Gareth Southgate an extended contract that will take the England manager and national hero through to the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
But there is no rush on either side for a deal to be agreed, with Southgate already signed up until Euro 2020, when England have a great opportunity to go one round better than in Russia, with potentially four or five of their games at Wembley.
Having tried and failed to sign Southgate on the cheap when they started negotiations two years ago, the FA know he and his advisers will be no pushovers when they get around to the new salary discussions.
£5m-a-year deal that will keep him in job for 2022 World Cup.
Southgate, who earned a £350,000 bonus for taking England to the semi-finals in Russia, has a strong case for doubling his wages to £5million a year. He has achieved far more already than Fabio Capello, who earned in excess of that despite not properly learning English and spending a huge amount of time in his native Italy.
In contrast Southgate dedicates himself to the role and has turned down numerous commercial offers so he can focus on his coaching.
Football pundit Stan Collymore caused plenty of fuss at England’s semi-final. After sitting in the middle of the fans, the former striker upset a number of them with his combative behaviour, at one stage trying to conduct the crowd like a super fan. Then afterwards he had to be pulled apart from irate supporters, one of them particularly upset that Collymore was smiling after the defeat by Croatia, others just annoyed by his aggressive demeanour.