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Gibson to stand by Southgate
27 May 2009 - 07:55:09
Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has backed manager Gareth Southgate to take the club back into the Premier League following their relegation.
Gibson has pledged to stand by the under-fire manager following the club's demotion to the Championship and is convinced that the former Boro skipper is the right man to take them back up again.
Southgate has been at the helm of the Teessiders for three seasons.
"We will not have a scapegoat at this football club, it will not be Gareth Southgate," warned Gibson.
"He is a good man, an intelligent man capable of being a top, top manager.
"Gareth has convinced me he knows what it takes to get us back up.
"He is a man I know and admire and we will work together in getting this football club back into the Premier League.
"What we need is the support of the fans and the town and let's work together to get the club back in the Premier League.
"You may disagree with my decision and I respect that, but I have to make the decision and I am convinced that Gareth is the right man for the job."
Meanwhile, Gibson has leapt to the defence of Afonso Alves following a disappointing four-goal season from the £12million Brazilian striker.
"He would be the first to admit that the season hasn't gone the way he would have hoped," added Gibson, speaking on BBC Radio Tees.
"It hasn't been through lack of effort, it hasn't been through lack of commitment to the club, it's just not happened for him.
"Every supporter I speak to sees something in Alves, that there is a talent in there, and it is whether we can get it out."