England football manager Gareth Southgate is writing an “inspirational book of life lessons” for young people and parents.
Anything Is Possible: Be Brave, Be Kind & Follow Your Dreams is based on Southgate’s experiences as a player, manager and parent.
The synopsis says of the book “distils his positive and empathetic leadership style to help young people to be happier and more successful in life. From managing fear and anxiety, to developing resilience and grace under pressure, the book offers warm and practical advice on how readers of all ages can follow their dreams in life, whilst being kind and considerate to others.”
Southgate said: “When working with England, we try to take an approach that focuses on what we might achieve, instead of worrying about what might go wrong. When you’re a young person, the world is a complicated place and those clear goals can be clouded by doubt, anxiety and a lack of self-belief.
“If I can go from a skinny, introverted teenager who was told he wouldn’t make it as a player to someone who played and managed his country then I’m clear that ‘anything is possible’. By sharing some of the experiences and lessons from the highs (and lows) of my career, I hope to be able to help young people to prepare for the journey ahead of them. I’ve had great fun working on the book and I hope that the young readers — and the older ones — enjoy it.”
The book will be published in November.