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Ah, the play-offs. I think of them and come out in a cold sweat. Recent memories don’t help in all fairness.
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Yes, it's that time again - time to believe. Let's conquer that seductive siren once and for all

Ah, the play-offs. I think of them and come out in a cold sweat. Recent memories don’t help in all fairness.
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The Play-Off Picture

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.
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Promotion hopes at stake

Let us not put a spin on this, Middlesbrough FC have struggled this season.
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The Chairman, The Manager and Players

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.
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Where did it go wrong for Monk at Boro?

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.
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Garry Monk sacking: frustrating, disappointing, inevitable

£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.
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Adama Traore - The jet-heeled maverick's time has run out...

There have been many games over the last year and a half when I've cried out for the rapid Adama to come on and change a lacklustre Boro performance either in the Premier League or this season in the Championship, but I'm beginning to question whether his potential is now becoming something of a burden.
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Monk deserves time, but we can't just wait for it to click

Somewhere between fans over exaggerated worry that promotion is impossible to achieve and the unconditionally blinkered belief that it will just click, there’s a truth that the opening quarter of the season simply hasn’t been good enough.
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If I were Garry Monk

Thankfully, football is not predictable or logical, but it does have patterns. Do you remember when in January 2014 under Karanka, Boro went through a series of goalless draws?
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12 games in and what do we know so far?

Well, I'm sure most fans would agree that the start has been somewhat patchy and frustrating. So what are the positives, what's going wrong and what needs to change?
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