It’s hard to see how much progress Middlesbrough can make. The Riverside club are threatened with relegation from the Premiership and are not playing much of a football either.
Yet the club’s chairman Steve Gibson says that the club’s fortunes will turnaround and insists that manager Gareth Southgate is the right man to do so:
As a team, as a squad and as a club we are moving forward and making progress.
It is absolutely vital that we stay in the League but I believe we will. Nothing is certain in football but we have enough talent to survive.
With two years experience behind him and with a bit more support in the transfer market this close season, we could have something very special going on here.
Gareth is such a young man and such a decent man that you want him to succeed and flourish but there is far more to him as a manager than that.
I see the work he puts in every week and I know too how much pressure there is at a football club when you are not winning games every week. Gareth has never panicked, he has looked at every situation very coolly and done what has needed to be done.
Southgate indeed is a very capable person and now that he has the backing of his chairman, maybe he can indeed plan big. Yet they need to first keep their focus on avoiding the drop this season and also win their FA Cup quarter-final tie with Cardiff at the weekend.