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Middlesbrough boss Southgate defends Crosby axing

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has defended the decision to axe assistant manager Malcolm Crosby.

Southgate said: "I would like to place on record my thanks to Malcolm Crosby for his work and support over the last three years.

"Without doubt, this has been the most difficult decision I have taken because Malcolm is a true gentleman and a real football man.

"My decision has been based on re-organising the way my backroom team operates next season.

"I hope and am certain that Malcolm will find a job in football soon. I wish Malcolm and his family the very best for the future."

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