Southgate - Let's not panic
Gareth Southgate wants 'a sense of perspective' to be kept after Boro's poor start to the season.
Last Updated: 17/11/07 4:05pm
Gareth Southgate wants 'a sense of perspective' to be kept following Middlesbrough's disappointing start to the season.
Boro sit 17th in the Premier League after just two wins from the opening 13 games, but Southgate has already received the backing of chairman Steve Gibson.
And, having seen the likes of Sammy Lee and Chris Hutchings sacked just months into their tenures at Bolton and Wigan respectively, Southgate insists success will not be achieved by making 'knee-jerk' decisions.
"There are any number of clubs that are panicking, making changes and knee-jerk reactions," Southgate told the club's official website.
"But to be a successful club long term you have to have foundations in place and we're trying to lay those foundations.
"Unfortunately that's not sexy and it doesn't excite people overnight, but it's the reality of trying to build a football club.
"Some clubs have given managers 12 games to change things, but how you can change any business round in three months is beyond me.
"I'm realistic about where we are, but I also know we're only three points off 12th place. There's lots to work at and improve upon, but we have to maintain a sense of perspective."
Meanwhile, defensive duo Robert Huth and Emanuel Pogatetz both played for 90 minutes as Boro beat Rangers 2-0 in a behind-closed-doors game on Friday.
Huth has yet to play for Boro this season, while Pogatetz made his return from injury as a substitute in last week's 0-0 draw at Bolton.