Boro Boss Says Relationship With Fans Is In Jeopardy!

Last updated : 23 May 2009 By Boro Mad
Gareth Southgate: "I was conscious that might happen, but it wasn't going to deter me from going on to the field.

"I have had eight years here, player and manager, and the relationship with the fans as a player was very, very special.

"When you become the manager, you put that relationship in jeopardy.

"But I am big enough to cope with that. I am also experienced enough to know that if we can turn results around, short and long term, then that can change back.

"You get used to dealing with setbacks, but if you want to achieve in life, you don't let those setbacks stop you.

"You make sure you learn from them, but that they are an inspiration to get going again.

"That's how I have always viewed any knock in my career."