Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson described the knowledge of becoming relegated from the Premier League as the lowest moment of his life, while Steve Agnew accepted his side’s demotion towards the Championship is down to their lack of ambitions.
Boro lost 3-0 at Chelsea on Monday, with Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic scoring inside a extensive win for the champions-elect, to relegate Agnew’s team with two matches on the season still to play.
Gibson accepted Middlesbrough have failed to perform all through the entire campaign as they return for the Championship following a short remain inside the best flight.
“It’s not just tonight, it really is a complete season,” Gibson told Sky Sports. “From prime to bottom we have not been good sufficient. Players, employees, myself.
“[Chelsea] had been considerably better in each and every division. It could have already been 4-0, 5-0, 6-0.
“It was the lowest point of my profession. We’ve got to place it suitable. Actually it really is the lowest point of my life, not only my profession. It indicates that substantially.
“The fans didn’t quit singing, wherever we’ve been this season they’ve been exactly the same. The fans deserve Premier League football and we have to seek out a team to do that. We’ve got to reflect on what is gone wrong.”
Steve Agnew was only in a position to record a single win following replacing Aitor Karanka plus the manager acknowledged a lack of firepower in front of target has been certainly one of probably the most telling problems for his side.
“We’ve had 36 games with two to go and it is been a tough season,” Agnew told Sky Sports. “It’s not only tonight, it really is been a hard season. It is a disappointing evening.
“We haven’t scored adequate objectives and ultimately you must score ambitions to win football matches.”
Agnew refused to say no matter whether or not he would prefer to keep on as Middlesbrough’s manager as the club reflects on a joint-record fourth relegation in the Premier League.
“I think the most essential issue may be the football club, a terrific football club,” he added. “It’s not about my situation, it’s about finishing the season properly and making certain Middlesbrough can bounce back.
“It’s in regards to the football club and receiving the club back for the Premier League.”