Middlesbrough finished 5th in the Championship in the 2017/2018 season, which meant they qualified to the lucky dip which is the play-offs. Having faced Aston Villa over the two legged semi-finals, it wasn’t meant to be for Boro, losing 1-0 on aggregate which denied them promotion back to the Premier League.
Boro this weekend go into a huge two legged crunch tie with Brummie giants Aston Villa in what should be great two games of football. With match ups on and off the field like Pulis v Bruce, Adama vs Adomah and Jedinak vs Besic, it should be a mouth watering prospect.
After a rollercoaster season we’ve finally achieved a place in the top 6 and barring a total collapse against Ipswich on the final day and a big Derby win, it looks like we’ll be finishing in 5th and set to play Aston Villa over what should be two very tense legs of football.
It was uncomfortable and unfortunate to see Garry Monk appearing in celebratory mood on Channel 5 after we knew he had been sacked. It made his sacking more heartless than it was. From the Chairman’s point of view this week would be perfect timing if he was minded to sack Monk.
Last night we were greeted with the shock news that Gary Monk had been relieved of his duties at the Riverside, after a decent win away at Sheffield Wednesday (Carvahal also walking today from his post) I thought it might earn Monk a reprieve of sorts but it wasn't to be.
£50m spent, 10 new arrivals in the summer, a whole new coaching team, a disjointed and unbalanced side with no identity or real potential. That is how to best summarise Garry Monk’s brief but disappointing reign with Middlesbrough Football Club.