St Ledger worried about future
Middlesbrough defender Sean St Ledger is worried about his future following the sacking of Gareth Southgate.
Last Updated: 23/10/09 9:45am
Middlesbrough defender Sean St Ledger is worried about his future at the club following the departure of Gareth Southgate.
The Boro boss, who brought St Ledger to the Riverside on loan from Championship rivals Preston, was sacked by chairman Steve Gibson earlier in the week, despite the club only being one point off top spot in the league.
Centre-half St Ledger, 25, is disappointed that Southgate has left the club and is concerned that his place in the team may be in jeopardy.
"Gareth was a major reason I came here," he said in the Daily Mail. "I looked at the manager and, with him a centre-half who had played for England, it felt the right move for me.
"It was a great opportunity to learn from one of the best centre-halves I loved to watch when I was younger.
"It makes it disappointing now and I worry because I am on loan. He had confidence in me.
"Now a new manager is coming in and I have to prove myself, as we all do."
Falling attendances at home was the reason Gibson gave for sacking Southgate, despite Middlesbrough beating Derby 2-0 on Tuesday.
"It doesn't happen very often that the manager loses his job after a win, but the chairman has explained his reasons," St Ledger added.
"It was a major shock to all the lads. We are one point off the top and Gareth was very well liked.
"It seems tough but the chairman is the main man. Regardless of who the manager is, we go out and try to win for ourselves and the fans."
Middlesbrough take on St Ledger's parent club and promotion rivals Preston at Deepdale in the Championship on Saturday.