Emanuel Pogatetz plea to Middlesbrough fans not to turn on Stewart Downing

07 January 2009 10:34
The Austrian defender pleaded with the fans not to boo Downing even though he admitted to being "surprised" and "disappointed" by his team-mate's transfer request to force through a move to Tottenham.[LNB]With fellow relegation strugglers Sunderland due at the Riverside on Saturday, Pogatetz said: "I wouldn't expect anybody to boo him because he is a local lad who always performs.[LNB]"All that matters to the club is that we get the three points. It shouldn't be about Stewart Downing and his transfer request.[LNB]"Stewart has been a good servant for many years. He's never let anybody down. We need the fans to get behind us."[LNB]Pogatetz spoke out after Boro rejected a £14.5 million offer from Spurs for Downing as the White Hart Lane club's efforts to sign the England winger intensified even though his transfer request was rejected.[LNB]"I was surprised to hear that Stewart had put in a transfer request," Pogatetz said. "It's always disappointing when someone wants to leave the club. I hope he stays because he is one of our best players." [LNB]

Source: Telegraph