Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Boro Boss Gareth Vows: I'll Do It ... My Way

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Boro Boss Gareth Vows: I'll Do It ... My Way

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Boro boss Gareth Southgate today looked forward to his first steps into football management by declaring: "I'll do things my way."

The new gaffer, who has signed a five-year contract, has made it clear that he is fully in charge.

In fact Southgate has already made his first major managerial decision by abandoning the club's move to sign Rudolphe Douala.

Southgate told the Evening Gazette: "I have been given a fantastic opportunity here and I intend to make it work. I am looking forward to taking this club as far as I can.

"One of the reasons I got this job is because the chairman knows how committed I am to the club.

"I've been here for five years and I have a great affinity to Middlesbrough. Now I have to prove myself and I'm determined to do that.

"My priority is getting everything in place quickly. I'm determined to take this club as far as possible."

Southgate was on holiday in Florida when the call came from Boro chairman Steve Gibson offering him the chance to take up the hot seat.

There was never any possibility of him turning down the opportunity, and Southgate has already made the decision to hang up his boots.

He is registered as a player for another 12 months - but will play only in an emergency.

Southgate said: "As soon as the chairman offered me the job I began to think as a manager.

"I knew there was a lot of hard work to do and I needed to talk to as many people I know as possible.

"I've already taken on board a lot of advice and one of the things that was obvious was that it's very, very difficult to manage and play at the same time.

"But I've had a long and happy playing career and I have no regrets putting it behind me.

"All I am doing now is looking to the future.

"The first task is to try to get in contact with as many of the players as possible to tell them about my plans and my ideas."

Southgate already has total control over the club's transfer signings and has told Gibson and chief executive Keith Lamb which positions he wants to strengthen.

Southgate's absence at centre-back obviously creates the most gaping hole in the squad next season. …

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