Southgate keeps the faith
Gareth Southgate will give Ross Turnbull and Brad Jones the opportunity battle it out for the No. 1 jersey.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 14/06/08 2:59pm
Gareth Southgate will give Ross Turnbull and Brad Jones the opportunity to battle it out for the No. 1 jersey at Riverside Stadium.
The Middlesbrough boss saw club stalwart Mark Schwarzer end his 11-year association with the Teesside club in May when he elected to join Premier League rivals Fulham.
That leaves Boro without an established, and experienced, shot-stopper, but Southgate insists that he will give those already at the club an opportunity to stake a claim for a regular run in the side.
Both Turnbull and Jones have seen the vast majority of their first-team appearances come while out on loan, but will be delighted by the manager's show of faith in their ability.
"I don't see anything around that would be proven at this level without paying a lot of money and if we're going to sign someone who's unproven at this level then I think our two would be a match for anybody," Southgate told the club's official website.
"There may be a need to take a goalkeeper just for training purposes. But I feel Brad and Ross need a chance. I will be talking to them."
Southgate also paid tribute to the long-serving Schwarzer, who he described as "a dedicated professional" and "a pleasure to work with".
"He never gave me a moment's trouble and has been a fantastic servant for the club over the 11 years he's been here," added Southgate.