Franck Queudrue says this man made Middlesbrough's promotion possible

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Former Middlesbrough hero Franck Queudrue has been having his say on the club's return to the Premier League.

Middlesbrough ended their seven-year absence from the top flight by drawing a tense and nervy Championship promotion decider against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Riverside on Saturday.

It has been dubbed 'the point worth £170 million' in the wake of the game given the vast riches on offer in the top flight next season.

But 'Boro's long-suffering supporters will be more concerned about finally rubbing shoulders with the elite once again.

Queudrue played more times for 'Boro than any other club in his career with 150 appearances and also helped them lift the League Cup.

'He and they deserve to be in the Premier League'

And the Frenchman has told talkSPORT who he feels deserves most of the credit for Boro's promotion.

"It brings a bit of light in the Smoggies," Queudrue told talkSPORT.

"I am so delighted for Steve Gibson to get back, from my point of view, where they deserve to be in the Premier League.

"You never hear about him, he never makes the news, he never makes anything you know, he's just backing the team all the time, through hard times and good times but he never makes the light shine on him, he just makes the team shine.

"Just for that he deserves to be in the Premier League and he is a chairman who doesn't change his coach every six months. He takes the gamble to trust the coach and to give him time to build a team, to achieve goals and that's what he did with Aitor Karanka so that's why I'm delighted for his vision."

Mr Middlesbrough rewarded

Gibson has been rewarded for his brave decision to invest large sums in playing staff for head coach Karanka with the likes of Gaston Ramirez Stuani, Stewart Downing and Jordan Rhodes all playing key roles throughout the season.

The self-made millionaire has been with 'Boro for 30 years having stepped in when the club was on its knees and facing the very real prospect of going out of business.

Queudrue is not the only one who is giving Gibson much of the credit, though. His name was sung by 'Boro fans throughout and even more excitedly after their draw with Brighton.

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