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Southgate vows to defy critics
23 May 2009 - 10:13:35
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate believes he is the man to lift the club back to the Premier League if their relegation is confirmed on Sunday.
Reports have suggested the former England international will not be in charge at the Riverside Stadium if the club, as is virtually certain, will be starting the 2009-10 campaign in the Championship.
However, Southgate has vowed to prove his critics wrong, saying: "You become even more determined to try to prove yourself.
"As the manager, inevitably when you have difficult times, you're the one who has to carry the blame.
"The reality is for the club to be in the position we're in, lots of things haven't been right.
"But then you're galvanised to try to put things right, and you also have a better idea of what hasn't worked and what has worked and the reasons I feel we are where we are.
"I've got a very clear picture, whichever division we're in - and there are obviously two very different scenarios there in terms of how you'd have to play and who'd be needed to play and who could take you to where you want to be.
"I've got a very clear picture in my mind for both of those scenarios."