Gareth Southgate has been given a ringing endorsement from Football Association chair Debbie Hewitt, who said the England manager's IQ and emotional intelligence would make him a chief executive in any sector.
Southgate came in for criticism after a disappointing showing for the Three Lions in their four Nations League matches earlier this month, culminating in a 4-0 home defeat to Hungary.
The result even sparked a debate over whether Southgate should be sacked ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, which starts in November. Some supporters at Molineux for the Hungary defeat sang 'you're getting sacked in the morning' and 'you don't know what you're doing'.
Hewitt hailed Southgate's role in transforming England's fortunes on the pitch and instilling a healthy culture off it, and said she had spoken to the England boss after the Hungary defeat to reassure him of how highly regarded he still is at the FA.
Hewitt said any debate over the timing of the decision to award Southgate a new contract prior to the World Cup was a 'red herring'.