Gibson Under Fire?

Last updated : 23 February 2009 By Boro Mad

Boro supporters are naturally becoming alarmed at the situation and the fear of relegated.

And that has led some to query the role of Gibson, the local man turned self-made millionaire who has bankrolled the club over recent years.

As one of the directors in 1986, Gibson formed a consortium that saved Boro from liquidation, prior to becoming chairman in 1994.

Southgate: "If he wasn't here, we wouldn't have a club - as simple as that.

"I'm amazed people could possibly question his role in anything because there would be no Middlesbrough Football Club but for his intervention in '86, and since then.

"The success of the last 10 to 12 years is because he salvaged the club at the time, and he has been the one who has enabled us to have success in the cups and maintain Premier League status."