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Middlesbrough chairman delighted with Southgate style

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson is excited by the change of style manager Gareth Southgate is bringing to the team.

He told a BBC Tees fans forum: "Gareth has got his head at this football club. I don't sit on his shoulder talking to him because I believe in what he is trying to achieve here.

"What we have done is we have tried to reduce the age of the squad, increase the passion of the squad, increase the pace of the squad and the technical ability of the squad to a level that allows us to perhaps nick another trophy in that five years, get us into Europe perhaps more often than not, and to entertain the fans.

"That's our vision for the next five years. If we look back over the last 10 years, we have had 10 years of Premier League football - that has not fulfilled our ambition, it has fed our ambition. We want to achieve in the next 10 years more than we achieved in the last 10 years.

"The cups are our realistic opportunity, but we have set standards. We have won a Carling Cup, we have had two runs in Europe and our highest ever position, seventh, in the Premier League. We want to continue to break records and make records."

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