Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Middlesbrough fans want Strachan

Gordon Strachan today emerged as the favourite to succeed sacked Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate.

Southgate was surprisingly given the boot by Boro chairman Steve Gibson just hours after his side defeated Derby County 2-0 last night. That win moved them to within a point of the top of the table but it wasn’t enough to save Southgate.

Strachan, who has been out of work since leaving Celtic at the end of last season, has been joined in the race to succeed Southgate at the Riverside Stadium by former Newcastle United manager and legend Kevin Keegan.

Ex-Aston Villa boss David O’Leary and former Boro player Graeme Souness have also been linked, but Strachan appears to be the fans’ favourite and the Scot’s battling qualities are sure to stand him in good stead.

Meanwhile, Gibson admitted that sacking Southgate was the toughest call of his reign.

He said: “This has been the most difficult decision I have had to make in all the time I have been in football. Gareth has given Middlesbrough Football Club magnificent service.”

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