Date:Wednesday May 6 2009
Southgate is becoming more and more desperate to clutch onto the top flight in English football. It seems he is getting sentimental in, what could be, his last days at the Riverside.
Rather than concentrate on keeping the Boro team in the Premier League he is now worrying about the man who owns the club.
The curtains are nearly closed on Southgate's managerial career at Middlesbrough. We are only one game away from finding out whether we will have a chance of staying in the Premier League this season.
Southgate's latest quote about his boss is evidence that the Boro manager is finally slipping back into reality after being away with the fairies for most of the season.
'It is great to have the support of the chairman, of course, but I want to achieve for the football club and also to repay that faith.'
Repaying the faith
So how is Southgate going to repay that faith in 270 minutes of football? Or has Southgate recently purchased a book of quotes written by various Premier League managers down the years that have suffered relegation from the top flight? Chapter 1 - covering all angles if relegation looms.
Three wins would be a perfect way to repay the chairman. Maybe GS has something up his sleeve for the remaining games of the season that nobody knows anything about - not even the players.
Southgate should be talking about how we are going to beat Newcastle next Monday rather than getting all sentimental about the chairman's support. We all know how supportive Steve Gibson is, that's why he is liked by the footballing world.
If he continues with the sentimental clobber this week, expect to hear Southgate rant on about 'doing it for the fans' at some point this week. It's in chapter 4 of the relegation quotes!
Keep the faith!
Date:Wednesday May 6 2009
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