Southgate Hopes To Turn The Corner!

Last updated : 07 April 2009 By Boro Mad
Gareth Southgate: "It is strange because in some respects the first six months to a year I was assessing whether it was something I wanted to do, but through what has been a far more difficult period I know it is what I want to do.

"That galvanises you to be firmer, more demanding in the questions you ask of other people and to take on board the experiences of the last couple of years.

"It is testing and challenging. When you are in the bottom half of the table you will have more weekends that aren't enjoyable than those that are. The wins are few and far between, but it is a challenge and the enjoyment comes with the people that you work with.

"It is easy to stand up and be full of yourself when results are going well. But you have got to face the music when it is not going so well.

"If you can come through those difficult times that will prepare you for when things are going better."

"Everybody at the club and those that support the club are emotional, angry, concerned, frustrated and I have got to lead everybody through this time.

"It is no use me being over-emotional, I have got to see a clear picture and get a level of performance and make sure we plan and do the right things.

"We have still got a chance. It is getting harder and we are running out of time but one win can change things.

"It will be a fight to the death and will no doubt go down to the last day of the season and we have to make sure we are in there fighting.

"My priority is to give every hour possible to keep this club in the division and on a sound footing for the long term.

"The fact I have been at this club as long as I have means I care about the long term future more than I perhaps might."