"I wouldn't have been managing anywhere else last season, but I could see what was in place here, with the academy and so on, so I knew it was a fantastic opportunity," Southgate told the Observer. "And yes, Steve Gibson is on his own as a chairman.
Above all else, Southgate says, Gibson has a sense of perspective about how quickly things can be achieved.
"If things were going wrong I'm sure he would act as swiftly as he does in his own business, but he is realistic. He doesn't expect us to be a Champions League team in 18 months. That gives you time to plan and get your head above the water. Last year was firefighting, trying to fix things as I went along. Only towards the end of the season was it possible to plan ahead.
"I've got more belief in myself now. And the one thing I know here is that no one inside the club is against me. The whole club is very much united."