View Full Version : ONeil Talks Off For Boro /Southgate To Take Over

30-05-2006, 07:17 PM
With all this Dowie sh*te, just thought Id post this interesting article about the beloved Gareth Southgate.

Sky Sports News understand Martin O'Neill will not become Middlesbrough's new manager.

While the Irishman was not officially offered the post, he is not interested in continuing talks with a view to succeeding Steve McClaren at The Riverside.

O'Neill, formerly of Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City and Leicester City, has been out of work since leaving Celtic due to family reasons.

It is understood Boro do not have a huge shortlist and could very well appoint from within - rather than move for the likes of Alan Curbishley Tony Mowbray or Sam Allardyce.

Should Boro look within the club - then Gareth Southgate looks the most likely option, and he could very well be given an unexpected managerial baptism of fire.

Chairman Steve Gibson has already stated he wants Southgate to stay long-term and both he and Colin Cooper were earmarked as part of the managerial team which would have worked under Terry Venables - who turned down the Boro job last week.

Should Southgate stay, then the backroom staff of Steve Round and Steve Harrison would likely stay the same, which was one aim Gibson had when looking for Steve McClaren's successor - as he did not want the core of the managerial set-up disrupted.

Southgate does not currently have all the badges needed to meet Premiership and League Managers' Association criteria - but a precedent has already been set at Newcastle United, who appointed Glenn Roeder after receiving the backing of the other top-flight clubs.

Good look Gareth, Coleman has done it so should you

30-05-2006, 07:26 PM
O'Neill for Palace. He's the only manager who's madder than SJ.