Southgate: 'I Always Show Commitment'!

Last updated : 29 March 2009 By Boro Mad
Gareth Southgate (talking to the Sunday Sun): "If they (Boro fans) disagree with some of the things I've said then I'll take that, and disagree with some of the things they're saying.

"You've got to be brave enough to stand up for what you think is right. If that's standing up for the team and giving the team a better chance of winning football matches, then it has to be said.

"In the end I know that players and managers come and go from football clubs, supporters are always there.

"Whether I'm here five weeks, five months or five more years nobody will be able to question the commitment to this cause.

"They might turn on me but the reality is that some have anyway, some will depending on how we go, and my job is to underline to people the best thing for the team and the best thing for the club.

"That's why I made the statements that I did (about the Tuncay, left, chants).

"Our best chance of staying in this division is for the whole town to unite.

"We've got four home games left and the crowd can have an enormous impact on those, positively or negatively.

"Yes, understandably, people will turn around and ask 'What's he saying, what right's he got?'. Listen, I'm just trying to give us the best chance of survival, and if that means saying things that are unpopular, so be it.

"I have to do that with the players, people will tell me I shouldn't do it with the fans because it's not good PR — well it's the truth.

"If that causes me as an individual problems well, I can handle that.

"The key is to make sure the team can go out as free as they can possibly be in the situation we're in."