Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson called time on Gareth Southgate last night, even though Boro beat Derby 2-0 and lie second in the Championship.
The admirable Gibson gave his young manager a very good crack of the whip, and it’s fair to say that Southgate, while not disastrously bad, didn’t cover himself with glory. He reminded me at times of a sixth-form pupil who had been asked to take a lesson or two in the teacher’s absence.
Nice chap? Sure, one of the nicest around. Good manager? Not sure yet – he’s young enough to bounce back and I hope he does.