Under fire Woodgate to be given more time at Boro


Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson is reportedly prepared to give manager Jonathan Woodgate more time despite their poor start to the season.

The Teessiders made the decision to move on from Tony Pulis at the end of last season and turned to Woodgate, who had worked as part of the Welshman’s coaching staff after hanging up his boots.

The Middlesbrough native has found the going tough in his first season as a head coach, overseeing Boro’s worst start to a season in 30 years.

A run of two wins from their first 14 Championship matches has left the north-east side in the relegation zone and they have failed to win any of their last seven matches in all competitions.

The Riverside faithful have begun venting their frustration at the state of affairs with plenty calling for there to be a change in the dugout.

However, according to a report in the Mirror, Gibson remains confident Woodgate is the right man to take the club forward, despite their recent struggles.

The report follows on from Chris Kamara, who is known to be a close friend of Gibson, revealing that the Middlesbrough chairman will “refuse to push the panic button” and get rid of Woodgate.

The former Middlesbrough and Real Madrid defender was expected to bring about a more attack-minded approach to the Riverside but the team have struggled for goals, recording back-to-back goalless draws and hitting the net 11 times in 14 matches.

Middlesbrough return to action on Saturday when they travel to struggling Derby County, seeking their first away win of the season.