Southgate won't be rushed

18 May 2007 11:47
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is in no rush to revamp his squad even after missing out on signing Scott Brown from Hibs. The midfielder opted to move to Celtic rather than Boro, but Southgate is refusing to panic even though he knows he needs to strengthen his squad in the summer. "It's impossible to know how quickly these things will happen," he told the Evening Gazette. "I'd like to get the people I want in as soon as possible so they're here for pre-season. But teams want to hang on to their best players. "As long as there's time left in the window, transfers will take place. Negotiations can take a while but we're being proactive with a couple of potential signings, while other players we're still monitoring. "Lots of things are still to be decided, for example who goes up or goes out of the play-offs will have an impact. There's lots to be resolved. "Last year we signed Jonathan Woodgate in the last couple of days before the deadline and we weren't even aware of the possibility of signing him until a couple of days before that. "That's why you've always got to be patient. I've got a clear picture of what I want to do."

Source: ESA