Downing: Boro going places

23 March 2007 09:53
Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing hopes that Gareth Southgate will be able to strengthen the side in the summer so that the Teessiders can challenge for a European spot next season. After a poor start, Boro have improved to currently occupy a mid-table place in the Premiership, but Downing thinks the current squad is not far off being a top-six side. The England international told the Northern Echo: "There have been a lot of changes at the club in a short space of time, so I feel we've done well. "Within months of the gaffer taking over we were at the foot of the table, then our coach Steve Round left. We've turned things around and the future looks very promising. "Last January, everyone was saying Steve McClaren was going to get sacked, then we reached an FA Cup semi-final, a UEFA Cup final and were OK in the league. "A similar thing happened this time, again with a young side. I really think the club is going places. We need to keep hold of our best players this summer and continue to strengthen, but we're in very safe hands."

Source: ESA