NORTH Over 500 football league matches, 57 appearances for England and now the England team manager, but where does Gareth Southgate head to when he’s ‘coming home’? Carolyn Nicoll met up with the dapper England manager at Yorkshire’s stunning Rudding Park Hotel near Harrogate. PICTURES BY DAN PRINCE
hy did you move to Yorkshire in the early noughties? When I signed for Middlesbrough a friend recommended Harrogate. I drove through and knew my wife and I would love it, we’ve now lived here longer than anywhere else. What do you love about the county? The people and their hardworking, no nonsense attitude, good values, honesty and humility that really shines through. All things I associate with. I also love to come away from matches, to the calm of living in the countryside and being able to clear my head. What do you like to do in Yorkshire? See different parts of it with family. My daughter played a lot of netball in Sheffield, we visit Hull, my son is frequently in York and we like to walk the dogs at Bolton Abbey and around reservoirs near home. We’ve got a Labrador who I’m happy to be associated with, not so sure about being seen out in daylight with the cockapoo though (laughs).