BLIMEY! Gareth Southgate is poised to make his dug-out debut as England manager! Well no-one saw that coming when he made his ignominious exit from the scene of the Riverside relegation car-crash and the aftermath.
Next month he will go head-to-head with fellow Riverside sackee Gordon Strachan in World Cup qualification action. Boro fans can be forgiven for thinking they’ve just walked out of Bobby Ewings’s shower (one for the teenagers there.) In what crazed parallel universe do the two statistically worse bosses in modern Middlesbrough history end up as international managers? GS 1 v GS 2. International managers? It really is a funny old game.
The pair were broken and booed out of the Riverside with their managerial reputations in tatters after leaving Boro in a far, far worse state than they found it. And after starting from great positions. We can all agree they skulked away as failures. But how do their Riverside reigns stack up against each other? Who did the most long term damage? And does either have any mitigation? Who was the worst?
Here their results, style, signings, PR image and legacy are assessed in a long read I did to stop you going stir crazy and get you thinking (and arguing) during the tedious long international break break. Over to you. Sharpen those knives….