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  • I don't know, I didn't interview him, but I'm willing to put my mortgage on the fact that Steve Gibson did not appoint Southgate purely on guesswork or a hunch. He, like a lot of other people closer to the game than you and I as mere supporters, have judged Southgate to be a probable top manager for the future, and they are relying on what they have seen of him over tha past two, nearly three, seasons. Steve Gibson had to rely on what he had seen of Southgate as player and captain and make his judgement on that. If I have one criticism of Gibson, he should have insisted that Southgate's no. 2 should have been an experienced campaigner, someone who had been an assistant manager or even a manager.