Gibson Loyalty Backfires - Southgate Should Have Gone!

Last updated : 06 April 2009 By Boro Mad
Steve Gibson is seen as the sort of chairman every manager would want ... but his loyalty to Southgate has hardly helped out situation this season.

Simply because the Boro manager is NOT good enough, and with the prospect of having him in the hot seat NEXT season ... the fans will show their disgust by walking.

Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Bolton was Boro's ninth successive away defeat - the club's worst run since the Second World War - and leaves the Teessiders five points from safety.

Southgate: "We have be realistic, they are crucial for us.

"We have to go and beat Hull at home and if we can do that things can turn around - where there is light there is hope.

"But to be able to do that the level of performance has to be better than yesterday.

"We know exactly where we stand and, in no uncertain terms, the players have been left knowing exactly where they stand.

"They know my feelings on things but I am manager of the football club and I have to take responsibility for results and performances.

"We are where we are over 31 games because of the things we saw at Bolton and that's my responsibility as a manager and I have to take that on board and take the flak for the players.

"We have to be bang on when we go at home against Hull next week because that is a game we have to win.

"It is inevitable confidence is low when we are in the position we are in but what we have got to do over the next seven games is make sure the very least we do is play with passion, pride and attack teams."