Gibson still backing Southgate

16 October 2006 11:50
Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has rubbished rumours claiming Gareth Southgate's tenure as manager at The Riverside is approaching its end. Rookie boss Southgate does not have the necessary coaching qualifications to manage in the Premier League and will have to step down on November 11 if Boro are unable to persuade the other top-flight clubs to bend the rules. Gibson has always insisted he would fight any attempts by Premier League officials to remove Southgate from his job, but recent speculation suggested he was disappointed by the club's start to the season and would not be unhappy about an enforced change of manager. However, an irate Gibson told The Times: "Gareth is our manager and he will stay as our manager. "To suggest anything else is ridiculous and a fabrication. We're in talks with the Premier League, but all we're thinking about is how to take the club forward with Gareth at the helm. "After where we finished last season, we knew it would be difficult this time, but Gareth has got a lot of experience in football and will learn quickly. He already is. "There's no disenchantment from supporters and certainly none from me."

Source: ESA