Boateng backs Southgate

26 March 2008 12:02
Middlesbrough's veteran midfielder George Boateng believes Gareth Southgate would be the ideal choice to be the next England manager. The Dutchman has tipped the former Aston Villa and Boro defender to succeed Fabio Capello when the Italian decides to leave the post. Boateng said: "I think it's only good for Gareth the progress that he's making because, I don't know how long it would take, but after Capello's reign I think it would be better to go back to a British manager. "They will be looking for someone with a very good pedigree and Gareth is included in that. "This period will do him good in terms of the learning process. I think being here would make him a very strong candidate - very, very strong - because it's not easy being a manager at Middlesbrough, I can tell you. "People think that maybe because we are a smaller club in a huge environment people think that maybe it's easier. "Gareth has a lot of pressure every weekend and every day because the club needs to progress. If you have a good result, it only lasts two or three days then you are looking at the next game."

Source: ESA