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26 Mar 2009 08:40:05

Johnson supports Southgate stay

Adam Johnson believes Middlesbrough are right to keep faith with under-fire boss Gareth Southgate. Boro have endured another difficult season in the Premier League, with their top-flight status very much under threat. They currently sit second from bottom in the table, four points from safety, with eight games remaining. Unsurprisingly Southgate has borne the brunt of supporter angst over recent weeks, with regular calls for his head reverberating around the Riverside. However, chairman Steve Gibson, a man renowned for his patience and loyalty to his coaches, insists he has no intention of implementing managerial changes. Johnson has welcomed that news, insisting Southgate remains the ideal candidate to lead the club to safety. "It's fantastic. All the lads are behind him and we want him to stay. I think it was exactly right what the chairman did," the winger told Sky Sports News. "Our next three games are really important and if we can get a couple of wins it all changes again, we could be out of there and someone else could be in. "There are some big games, but there is still a long way to go before it is decided who is going to go down." Johnson, like many of his team-mates, is currently away on international duty and the youngster believes an enforced break from the pressures of domestic duties could be just what the Boro squad needs. "To come away now, to get away from training and to have a change of scenery, I think it's nice to have a break," said the England U21 star. "Hopefully everyone will come back fresh. I know a lot of the lads have gone away for internationals, but hopefully they can come back and we can get a second wind going into some important games."


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