Gibson slams previous EFL management as "absolutely hopeless" 

5 September 2019

Steve Gibson
Photo: Getty Images "Ultimately, what happened at Bury and Bolton was a result of bad owners making a series of really bad decisions," said Ben Gibson

Middlesbrough's chairman, Steve Gibson, is pleased with the EFL's new executive chair but slams the previous as "absolutely hopeless."

Gibson believes the EFL must enforce its own rules to a higher degree in order to create a level playing field and prevent clubs from overspending.

The chairman is afraid that foreign owners only prioritise short-term success: "Is that the way we want our football to go?"

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

61-year-old Steve Gibson, Middlesbrough's chairman, is in many ways a juggernaut in English football. He has been a part of English football since 1986, when he saved Middlesbrough from liquidation. 

Such a terrible fate recently befell Bury, now expelled from the Football League, and Bolton came dangerously close to that same fate. Both were the result of mistakes and mismanagement, but, based on his experiences in football, Gibson acknowledges that it could easily have been a different club in their place. 

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