Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Football consultant Alan Smith will also be leaving the club as part of the change.
Chairman Steve Gibson said:
"This has been the most difficult decision I've had to make in all the time I've been in football.
"Gareth has given Middlesbrough Football Club magnificent service as a skipper and, in very difficult circumstances, as manager.
"I appointed Gareth in a situation that was greatly unfavourable to him.
"He is a good man and has all the qualities and integrity that we wanted in a manager.
"However, the time is right for change and that change has had to be made.
"Gareth will always be welcome at our football club. English football needs people of his stature and we feel certain that this experience will serve him well.
"Gareth deserves another opportunity once he has had the chance to rest and refresh himself."
The club will not be making any further comment at this time.
Now chairman Steve Gibson has made the decision to axe Southgate, the first manager he has ever sacked as Boro supremo. - Ariff Ahmad
Johnson '22(p) , 59
TWO goals from Adam Johnson eased Boro to a comfortable win and to within a point of the top as both Newcastle and West Brom lost
Middlesbrough: Jones; Hoyte, Wheater (Capt), St Ledger, Bennett, O'Neil, Williams, Digard (Yeates 81), A Johnson, Lita, Aliadiere (Emnes 89). Unused subs: Coyne (gk); Pogatetz, Grounds, McMahon, Walker.
Derby County: Bywater; Connolly, Leacock, Moxey, McEveley (Croft 20), Barker, Teale (Mills 77), Savage (Capt), Commons (Dickov 11), Livermore, Hulse. Unused subs: Deeney (gk); Buxton, Hendrie.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Middlesbrough: Williams, 74, foul; Lita, 80, dissent; Wheater, 84, foul.
Derby: Hulse, 76, dissent; Connolly, 83, dissent.
Attendance: 17,459 (359 Derby)
Conditions: Cool and damp with a gentle breeze.
Website Boro Man of the Match: Leroy Lita