Jonathan Woodgate has said he has the backing of Steve Gibson despite speculation regarding his future.
The Middlesbrough manager has been under pressure after a slow start to the season which has seen them pick up just 17 points from 19 matches so far.
That has left the Teessiders in 20th place in the Championship and on track to be embroiled in a relegation battle.
Reports in The Sun suggested that Steve Gibson was looking to replace Jonathan Woodgate with Neil Warnock.
The 71-year-old is out of contract after leaving Cardiff City, but responding to the speculation Woodgate said that he’s not worried about the rumours.
Speaking to the press, as quoted by Teesside Live, he said: “It’s speculation, I’m not bothered at all.
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“You see it constantly.
“That’s not a problem at all. I don’t pay much attention to it to be honest.
“I’ve spoken to the owner, he’s really behind me, really focused on the job in hand. Results needs to be a lot better than they are, but he’s right behind me.”
Reports of Neil Warnock being lined as Middlesbrough manager may have been played down, but that’s not to say that Jonathan Woodgate won’t be under pressure if results don’t improve.
It’s clear that he’s Steve Gibson’s man, but if the Teessiders aren’t able to move themselves up the league then there’s no doubt that questions will be asked about a change of manager.
Relegation to League One is not an option for Middlesbrough, and Steve Gibson will do whatever he has to to ensure that it doesn’t happen.