Venables Set To Return?
Could Terry Venables be set for a return to Middlesbrough FC to help avoid relegation?
The debate continues to whether Boro manager Gareth Southgate should be sacked. After a string of 10 games without a Premier League win, the last against Aston Villa in November, it seems like something needs to be done before we end up playing football in the Championship.
The next game sees us travel to Chelsea, where it seems very unlikely that any points will be picked up. This could leave us bottom of the table while other teams around us pick up vital points.
Terry Venables’ name has been mentioned for a return to The Riverside to work alongside Gareth Southgate. In the 2000 – 2001 season, Venables was brought in as ‘Head of Football’ and Co-Manager to Bryan Robson with an aim to avoid relegation.
In that season it worked, with us finishing 14th. Would it work again this season, would he be able to work with Southgate or do we need a complete change?
Well these are questions that will be answered with time and by one person, ‘the best chairman in the Premier League’.
What Venables would bring to the club is a wealth of experience. He is someone who Southgate could look up to, pick up vital information and hopefully steer the club to safety. I don’t think Venables coming in as manager would be good for the club. I feel that he would be best coming in to work alongside Gareth Southgate on a short term basis. I still believe in Southgate and I honestly think sacking him will not be the right option.
Would Venables come back to Boro?
Well, he has been out of football since being sacked by England as assistant manager after failing to make the European Championships. He has been linked with Republic of Ireland, Leicester City and even Spurs and Newcastle this season.
It is understood that he and Steve Gibson have a good relationship and that he would be willing to help the club out where possible.
Do I want Venables to come back?
I think it would be a good move, but only if he came into the same position as last time. I feel it would aid Southgate and the team as a whole, and hopefully achieve the main aim that is Premier League football.