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Championship Middlesbrough
by Stefan (U6020126) 24 May 2009
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For quite a while there have been some defenders of Southgate who have been more then rude to those who criticise him.

I don't doubt that there are those who still support the guy but for anyone with any honesty as a fan can we just all now agree that, regardless of his potential to learn (not that he's shown much of that), Southgate has failed as a manager.

I also know one or two are thinking that I am happy we've been relegated. Losing only proves my point that Southgate is inept.

Tosh! Stop being so blind in finding excuses to pass the blame elsewhere.

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comment by sabeli (U9364036)

posted May 25, 2009

Boro are in a much stronger position than other relegated clubs. They have assets with value (e.g. Downing - although doubt they'll get the 15m Spurs were willing to pay in January), a good young manager, a chairman who has been through it before and who has run the club wisely and some talented young players.

Boro have invested in youth in a way Newcastle never have and they have a great chance of coming back up. Southgate is an intelligent man who has taken longer to adapt to management than some, but he's hardly had a Premiership quality squad to work with this season to be fair.

Patience and some belief in Steve Gibson is needed, he knows what he's doing for the long term future of Boro, like Randy Lerner at my club Villa.

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posted May 25, 2009

Southgate a good young manager, I give up <doh> <doh>

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comment by Red_Nic (U8745044)

posted May 25, 2009

Middlesbrough played some decent football whenever i saw them but lacked any real organisation, especially defensively and those are the sort of skills Southgate would have honed gradually in the lower tiers of the Football League.

The passing football was promising but whether he was actually able to motivate players was questionable and its unfair to judge him in the transfer market, seeing as he had to sell star players to cover the debts McLaren brought and he did manage to pick up a gem on the free in Tuncay, as well as aid the development of a number of youngsters.

Drop a couple divisions if you're serious Gareth, it will do old Tony Adams some good and Paul Ince, who made the effort but left prematurely.



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posted May 25, 2009

Southgate seems naive in his thinking, and this shows in his team and his signings. The confidence he displays seems like the confidence of a man oblivious to the realities of the world of the game.
That said, he isn't necessarily a bad manager. He just hasn't had the chance to develop in every sense of the game. He lacks experience at the top level and everybody says this but it's true: he should have started at the bottom and worked his way to the top, not started at the top and reached the bottom through freefall. Without the quality players and the financial benefits of the Premier League, he is going to find it hard to reconstruct a team and bounce back. Admittedly, some of the players really should be sold as they don't contribute the way they should, but in the Championship, it will be harder to find better players to replace them.
Still, I do like Middlesborough and Southgate and wish them the best- given time to learn and some experienced players, there is a chance of good quality things coming out of that club.

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posted May 25, 2009

i never liked southgate as a manager, just don't think he could inspire/motivate and i doubt whether he could get the best out of any top players. why he got rid of boateng i don't know. why he thought aliadiere would score enough... need more experienced professionals.

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posted May 26, 2009

While Southgate was a reasonable player, he is clearly not capable of managing at the highest level yet. People can say that he didn''t have money for signings, but then look at Alves and Huth - 15m and 6m respectively.

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Surely this reflects the players rather than the manager.

You have to also look at Downing and other players at that level who have had a direct affect on your results this year.

These are your senior players, who should also be accountable.

At least McClarren will be smiling and not because he is sat in the nearest coffee shop...

This may just pave the way for McClarrens return to the EPL, Brolly & all.

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posted May 26, 2009

Stop sticking up for the bloke, hes a failure, I dont care how nice he is, he has took the Boro down, he should walk away if he cares about the club & give someone who knows what they are doing a chance to sort his mess out!

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posted May 26, 2009

He asked for 3 years and has had them, got to totally agree with mnixon and plenty of others on this one.

From Eindhoven to Scunthorpe - well done Boro

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posted Jul 17, 2009

Sack Mr Soft .YES, Gibsons own fault, where Boro are.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

Do you come from newcastle ? To be fair he should have only been a understudy ,To much for him with no exp.gibo's fault

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