Photo Essay: The many faces of Gareth Southgate (sacked by Middlesbrough at last)

Ollie Irish

21st, October 2009

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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.

Anyway, to celebrate G-South’s time down by the Riverside, Pies presents the following photo essay. It presents the many faces of Boro’s ex-gaffer:

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Nose-scratching despondency

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Nose-picking despondency

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Tracksuited despondency (with covert nose-picking)

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Energy drink-sucking despondency

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2-for-1 despondency

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General despondency with imminent nose-picking

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Post nose-picking despondency

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Pensive despondency

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Brain-hurting despondency

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Despondency

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Seated pensiveness with undertones of despondency

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Pen-chewing pensiveness (no despondency visible)

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Relief

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Confused optimism

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