Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: STICK WITH GARETH! Don't Understimate Southgate Says Former England Team-Mat

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: STICK WITH GARETH! Don't Understimate Southgate Says Former England Team-Mat

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Byline: By PHILIP TALLENTIRE

SKY TV pundit and former England striker Alan Smith has urged Boro to stick by manager Gareth Southgate.

The former goal scorer turned media man insists that Southgate will come up with the goods in the long term on Teesside.

Smith said: "It was a very bold of Steve Gibson to go for Gareth.

"Don't underestimate Gareth Southgate, I speak to him three times, four times a week, obviously not on football, but the truth is he's a strong character.

"He will dig deep and get out of this. He doesn't suffer fools gladly.

"I think one problem he's got is he's got incredibly high standards.

"Sometimes when you are a manager you have to take a broader view and be a bit more sympathetic to other people's shortcomings.

"But I think Steve Gibson's got to stick by Gareth, he made a bold decision to start with, stick with it and they'll work it out.

"Boro are nowhere near the third worst team in that division."

Southgate admitted in the Evening Gazette yesterday that he doesn't see his position as being bullet-proof, despite the solid backing of Gibson.

That's why the manager is intensifying his efforts this week to do everything within his power to end the run of poor results.

The bookies have been monitoring Boro's nine-match run without a win and Southgate is now second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to get the sack.

The favourite is Rafa Benitez, who has been at loggerheads over the past couple of weeks with Liverpool's owners.

Prices differ with different bookies, but both managers are at relatively short odds, with Southgate at prices ranging from 5/2 to 4/1.

Gazette live held a poll yesterday, in which fans were asked "Do you think Gareth Southgate can turn Boro's season around?"

Eight five per cent of those readers who took part said 'No', while only 15 per cent says 'Yes'. …

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