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Southgate explains Middlesbrough signing of expensive flop Alves

Former Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has revealed he did not sign the club's record buy Afonso Alves. Then Brazilian international Alves was signed by Boro in January 2008 when they paid Dutch club Heerenveen in excess of £12million.

However, Alves' time on Teesside ultimately ended in failure.

Southgate was criticised for Alves' arrival but he now says he did not make the signing, hinting it was a decision made by chairman Steve Gibson.

"Alves? At most clubs now there is a group of people make buying decisions. But no, I didn't buy him," Southgate told the Daily Express.

"But you make a decision. You can walk out - as Alan Curbishley did at West Ham - but if I had done that I might not have got another opportunity.

"There were players I did want and didn't get. I wanted Brett Emerton and we could have had him for £750,000. That was one where I was told we had no money, but then years later we bought a £12million striker."

Southgate admits he does not look back on his time with Boro, who were relegated from the Premier League with him at the helm, with too much regret.

"My first win at Boro was against Chelsea, so I'm one of the few managers to have beaten Jose Mourinho in the league."

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