It looks like Middlesbrough w(h)inger Stewart Downing is set for the Riverside exit door, despite Gareth Southgate telling him that he cannot leave.
The Daily Mail reports that Downing’s agent has hit out at all the tripe-ridden claims that his client accepts that he won’t be leaving the Riverside. Agent Ian Elliott said:
“Stewart’s made his position quite clear to all parties at Middlesbrough – the chairman, chief executive and Gareth Southgate in private, so we are surprised by comments released by the manager saying that he has been informed he is staying and has accepted the situation.
“Indeed, he has two years left on his current contract. If he has to see out the remaining two years, then so be it.
“We would point out that the previous offer from the club has been rejected out of hand.
“We will not enter into any further negotiations and the player will see out the two years and option his rights under freedom of contract at the end of it.
“If the club value the player at £12million, why didn’t they make an offer reflecting that?”
And with Downing threatening to join such luminaries as Yakubu, Viduka, and Woodgate, we have two questions. Firstly, did anyone realise what great players were at ‘Boro, and secondly – how will they cope without them?