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Southgate seemed to me like he would have become a good manager. Boro was his first team and for 2 seasons he did a good job. Then last year Boro went on a real bad run as did Newcastle,Hull and a few others. This season Southgate got the sack even though Boro were in the play off zone and about to go second!
Really,at the start of the season Boro looked good and like they were going straight back up with Newcastle. They would be where West Brom are now if he'd been left alone but just like the 'Dowie thing' at Hull it was a total f**k up and it wouldn't be a surprise if Boro remain in the Championship for a long time now!
I'm sorry but others stayed with their managers and went straight back up,Boro didn't and I think it's going to have a bad affect on their chances of ever getting back to the Premier League.
At the start of the season Boro were still a Premier League team(like Newcastle).
So to sum it up West Brom have taken Boro's place and Boro will become something like Coventry,Ipswich,Charlton,etc.
BIG mistake to let Southgate go! He had a team that was going straight back up and now the team is a f**k up instead!
Tony you are spot on mate,Southgate was doing no bad,as you said there were other teams going through a sticky spell as well as Middlesbrough,Look at Newcastle they have done well since getting there act together,Southgate would have come through the hic-up,but the board stabbed the man in the back,and brought in a one season wonder who will bolt when he gets fed up trying to be a manager,i am a Celtic fan but G.S.did #$%$ all for the Celts.Good Luck Mate.
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Boro may have been third in the League but the home form was abysmal. The core fans were giving Southgate no quarter whatsoever and were not in the mood to forgive him for taking the club down. Nothing he seemed to do last season worked in terms of changing things around and in the end there was no fight in the team and they whimpered into the Championship. It was at times humiliating. He should have gone in January, and as a proud articulate man I was surprised he didn't. The loss of players with the exception of Downing was quite frankly a blessing if inevitable, but Southgate seemed to clutch at straws with the players he brought in on loan, Kitson, Foran to name but two were disinterested to say the least. But Gibson read the signs from the fans just as he had with Bryan Robson and Southgate had to go. Whether he would have pulled through we'll never know, but his past record over two years suggested he would not have. But Boro are were they are, and no amount of navel gazing is going to make a difference. I think Gibson in his heart is hoping Boro get into the playoffs, and they certainly have a chance, but his head tells him if they don't the team will be better prepared and stronger next season. He knows if they go up at the end of ths season he has to spend big to avoid being just relegation fodder and has he got the money or the stomach for that?