Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Byline: Philip Tallentire

As Boro start the search for a new manager, Gibson vows it will be a

I'm an Englishman, we're an English club and we play in the English Premier League. I just think you need a manager who understands that.

Steve Gibson has categorically ruled out approaching a foreign boss to replace Steve McClaren.

The Boro chairman is keeping his cards close to his chest and has refused to reveal the identity of the man he wants to bring to the club as successor to the next England manager, who will end his five-year association with Middlesbrough following next week's UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven.

However, the Gazette understands that Martin O'Neill is the club's No 1 choice and the man they will approach to take the club on to the next level.

While Gibson is emphatic in his desire appoint an Englishman, he also clarified that this could mean a British manager steeped in the English game.

"I'm an Englishman, we're an English club and we play in the English Premier League," he said.

"I just think you need a manager who understands that."

The chairman also stressed that Boro's next manager would have to fit into the club culture.

"Whoever we appoint will have to fit into the culture of our football club. I think our infrastructure here is second to none. We have high standards and ethics and our new manager would have to understand that; the way we deal with agents, the Academy structure that we have in place."

Gibson admits he's sad to see the McClaren era end, saying: "I'm disappointed for myself but pleased for Steve. I wish him well.

"I am disappointed to be losing him, but this was his first job in management so this club has contributed to the England cause and I am very happy for Steve and for us.

"I have always believed that if Steve was to get the England job it would have been because he succeeded here.

"He will continue to help the club and if he can offer advice and assistance then he will. I think he is up to the task and he deserves his chance.

"Steve has given this football club an awful lot. …

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