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Gareth Southgate (born 3 September 1970 in Watfordmarker, Hertfordshiremarker, Englandmarker) is an Englishmarker former football player. He served as manager of English Football League Championship (and former Premier League) side Middlesbrough from June 2006 until he was dismissed in October 2009.

His highest achievements in the sport were winning the League Cup with both and Middlesbrough (as captain), and captaining Crystal Palace to win the Division One championship. He also reached an FA Cup and UEFA Cup final as a player, and made 57 appearances for the England national team, featuring in the 1998 World Cup and both the 1996 and 2000 European Championships. His playing career ended in May 2006 after more than 500 league appearances when he was appointed Middlesbrough manager.

Club career

Crystal Palace

Born in Watfordmarker, Hertfordshiremarker, Southgate began his career at Crystal Palace, playing in central midfield. He became captain and led the club to the 1994 Division One title. After the South London club's relegation from the Premier League, he moved to Aston Villa for a fee of £2.5 million, having made 152 appearances over four seasons.

Aston Villa

At Aston Villa, he was converted into a centre-back and was part of a formidable defence. In his first season, he lifted the League Cup and Aston Villa qualified for the UEFA Cup. Southgate played in every Premier League game during the 1998–99 season. He continued to play for Villa in the 1999–2000 season as Villa reached the FA Cup Final, but handed in a transfer request just before Euro 2000 citing a desire to move in order to "achieve in [his] career". John Gregory, the then manager of Villa, attempted to keep his club captain but after a year on the transfer list he left the club in 2001.


Southgate did not sign for one of the major clubs as many predicted but instead became Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren's first signing for the club. This may have partially been due to the opportunity to reunite his defensive pairing with Ugo Ehiogu with whom he was a centre-back at Villa. Immediately he became a firm favourite at the Riversidemarker, winning the club's Player of the Year award in his first season after a series of assured displays whilst receiving no yellow cards.

Southgate was handed the captaincy for the 2002–03 season when Paul Ince left the club and became the first Middlesbrough captain to lift a major trophy when he helped them win the Carling Cup at the Millennium Stadiummarker in February 2004. His season ended shortly after that win, when he suffered knee ligament damage.

There were strong rumours that Southgate could be set for a move to Manchester United following Rio Ferdinand's ban for missing a drug test in January 2004, but it turned out to be nothing more than paper talk. He later committed his final playing years to Middlesbrough, signing until 2007. His final appearance as a professional player was in the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla, which Boro lost 4–0. He did stay registered as a player during his first term as Middlesbrough F.C manager but did not feature during this time either as a first team player or on the bench.

International career

Southgate made his debut for England as a substitute against Portugal in December 1995. He was then named in Terry Venables' squad for Euro 1996 on home soil. At the European championship, Southgate played a towering role in England's charge to the semi-finals. However, Southgate's saved penalty against Germany in the semi-final sent the hosts crashing out. The song Southgate (Euro '96) by The Business is a reference to this famous sporting event. Southgate managed to make light of his blunder by appearing in an advert for Pizza Hut which also featured Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle who had also missed crucial penalties.

Southgate also played in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. He had won 57 England caps and was disappointed not to add to the figure during the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals in Japanmarker and South Koreamarker. However, in the penultimate warm-up game ahead of the finals he captained England for the second half of a 1–1 draw with South Korea. His 50th cap came in a 1–1 draw with Portugal at Villa Parkmarker in September 2002.

Management career

Southgate was handed his first managerial role at Middlesbrough in June 2006 after McClaren had left to manage England. His appointment drew controversy as he did not have the required coaching qualifications (the UEFA Pro Licence) to manage a top-flight club. He was allowed to stay on as manager, however, by the Premier League in November 2006; Middlesbrough successfully argued that, because Southgate had recently been an international player, he did not have the opportunity to undertake the coaching courses.

Gareth Southgate is one of the current batch of coaches on the UEFA Pro course and is expected to graduate some time in the summer of 2009 .

In his first season in charge, Southgate guided Middlesbrough to a respectable 12th position in the Premier League. His biggest win as a manager was an 8–1 victory against in May 2008; he was also rated by manager Arsène Wenger as being "good enough" to be England manager in December 2007. He faced some criticism early in the 2007–08 season after Boro had a spell in the relegation zone but they later pulled clear of the bottom three. Southgate became the first Middlesbrough Manager since Terry Venables in 2001 to win the English Premier League's 'Manager of the Month' award, for August 2008, awarded on 12 September 2008.

In November 2008 Southgate took Middlesbrough up to 8th place after an away win against on-form Aston Villa; however, Boro would thereafter go 14 games without a win, finally defeating Liverpool at home 2-0 on 28 February 2009. It seemed Middlesbrough fans were finally losing patience with Southgate on 21 March 2009 after an away defeat against Stoke, with some of the travelling supporters calling for his head after only achieving one win in 18 games and relegation survival looking unlikely. On the 24 March 2009, Middlesbrough Chairman Steve Gibson gave Southgate a vote of confidence, and announced his job was safe.

In May 2009 after a poor season in the Premier League, Southgate's Middlesbrough finished in 19th position and were relegated to the the Championship after a 2-1 defeat against West Ham . After the relegation Southgate said he was determined and vowed to stay with the club and fight to get them back into the Premier League. He praised the supporters and said that he felt for them..

On 20 October 2009, less than two hours after a 2-0 victory over Derby County, Southgate was dismissed as manager with Middlesbrough in fourth place in the Championship. The decision was controversial as he had taken Boro to within one point of the top position..

Other roles

During the 2003–04 season he became an author, penning Woody & Nord: A Football Friendship with close friend and former West Ham goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman. This book describes an enduring friendship forged in the Crystal Palace youth team that has survived Southgate and Woodman's wildly differing fortunes in the professional game. The book won the Sporting Book of the Year Award for 2004 from the National Sporting Club.

Southgate was also a co-commentator for ITV at the 2006 World Cup, covering group games alongside Clive Tyldesley. His appointment as Middlesbrough manager two days before the start of the tournament meant that he left Germany before the knockout phase commenced, with David Pleat replacing him as Tyldesley's co-commentator.

In 2005 Southgate became a published poet, with a contribution to the collection Roary & Friends.

Personal life

Southgate is married to Alison; the couple have two children.


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International goals

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.



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1989–90 First Division 0 0 -
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1992–93 Premier League 33 3 -
1993–94 First Division 46 9 -
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1995–96 Aston Villa Premier League 31 1 0 0 1 0 -
1996–97 28 1 3 0 1 0 0 0
1997–98 32 0 3 0 1 0 7 0
1998–99 38 1 2 0 0 0 4 0
1999–2000 31 2 6 1 6 0 -
2000–01 31 2 2 0 1 0 2 0
2001–02 Middlesbrough Premier League 37 1 6 0 1 0 -
2002–03 36 2 1 0 0 0 -
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2004–05 36 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
2005–06 24 0 7 0 2 0 9 0
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 14 October 1998 Stade Josy Barthelmarker, Luxembourgmarker 3 – 0 Euro 2000 Qualification
2 22 May 2003 ABSA Stadiummarker, Durbanmarker 2 – 1 Friendly
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