Southgate Is Going Nowhere!

Last updated : 02 May 2009 By Boro Mad
Gareth Southgate: "The chairman and I have had conversations where he has said to carry on.

"He said he does not intend to change things in terms of his manager and whether he had or hadn't you have still got to plan ahead.

"I have given him an outline of what I think has to change next season, regardless of what division we are in. There will have to be changes, as the second half of this season has not been good enough. We have to improve, simple as that.

"A chairman's backing like that is rare. It clears and focuses your mind on trying to affect things that are important.

"It isn't necessarily a comfort because I don't take anything for granted, but it means I think about the long-term future of the club rather than just the short term, which could hurt the club.

"The chairman has looked at it and thought about the reasons behind where we are and whatever the last four games brings us we have to have a period of reflection because this situation has to be improved. Ultimately though I am under no illusions, it is the manager who takes the responsibility and I am not afraid of that.

"The chairman has given me every support and I know what needs to happen and needs to change."