He isn't an unwarranted egotistical Allardyce.
He isn't an angry confused dinosaur Hodgson.
He isn't headmaster Capello.
More than this his clean out of the squad has been well handled and timely.
Finally being able to get rid of Rooney as the last of the old guard, who was the worse of the lot (sure John Terry was a piece of work yet at least he could captain a bit) - what a relief.
None of Rooney giving "advice" and "leading by example" both of which he was always terrible at.
Southgate has at last got the clean break and he's been clever enough to keep the squad on an even keel. Sterling could be the biggest brat of the lot, yet you feel he is handled.
What I also really like about Southgate is that he seems a little more attainable and human than any other manager we've had since perhaps Venebles - and yet in a different way to El Tel.
Down to earth, thoughtful, intelligent, yet with a steely certainty that has grown on him throughout his tenure.
I hope for England's sake he sticks around and continues to bring the squad together to show progress.