Strachan tipped to take Southgate's place at Boro

FORMER Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is the hot favourite to be named Middlesbrough manager following Gareth Southgate&rsquo;s sacking.<br /><br />Eyebrows were raised when Boro axed Southgate after Tuesday night&rsquo;s 2-0 win over Derby, a result that left them just one point off the top of the Championship.<br /><br />Chairman Steve Gibson yesterday explained that he had decided to dispense with the former England defender before the victory.<br /><br />&ldquo;One good result wasn&rsquo;t going to change that decision,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Our five home games had brought in seven points. That will not get us promoted &ndash; and promotion is the only objective for the season.&rdquo;<br /><br />Gibson added: &ldquo;The timing of Gareth&rsquo;s sacking was determined a little by the implementation of that strategy.&rdquo;<br /><br />&nbsp;Strachan, who quit Celtic in May after winning three league titles in four years, was odds-on to replace Southgate yesterday and many even believe he could even be installed in the next 24 hours.<br /><br />But Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association, has expressed his bewilderment at Southgate&rsquo;s sacking, saying: &ldquo;Gareth is a manager learning his trade and Arsene Wenger has said he could be manager of England one day.&rdquo;