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  1. Delighted to see that @YusufBoro went ahead with his Yusuf Meets blog. The first one with Yannick Bolasie is on the Boro website now. Well done @YusufBoro 👍
    6 points
  2. If I wrote a post that said, 'I don't like foreigners, they are all smelly', I assume that at least some people would see that as a bit offensive, even if it's almost certainly the case with SmogDane. Similarly, if I wrote a post saying, 'British people are much better than foreigners', that would be seen as a touch xenophobic, even if I am living proof of the absolute truth of this. So why is this kind of discussion even taking place? The issue isn't about British or foreign ownership, it's about good or bad ownership/direction/call it whatever you want, and that isn't determined by nation
    6 points
  3. I don’t want Gibson to sell the club. However, I do want him to delegate his powers to a Director of Football. Much in the same way that whilst Delia Smith is a great cook, she knows her limitations running a football club in an efficient and effective manner so appointed Stuart Webber to do this. Gibson just rates himself too highly to think that anyone could possibly do this better than him. The Evening Gazette and BBC Tees portray any criticism of Gibson as fans wanting him to sell the club, but it’s not that at all. I think the vast majority want him to be our owner, just not the key decis
    5 points
  4. I think most Boro fans actually want Gibbo to stay but also to change. The club in terms of outlook, philosophy and structure needs to change and that starts at the top. It been nearly 20 years since Eindhoven and the peak of our achievements under Gibbo. But even then the cracks were showing we had an aging squad on high wages and no sell on value. It was something that had worked but meant long term you are leaking money. Splashing cash is Gibbo’s modest operandi he did it with Robson and with McLaren it was working. Sadly what wasn’t noticed were two dramatic changes
    4 points
  5. @Erimus 63 I am not sure how from my post you came to conclusion i was in adoration of Gibson. In fact i actually state “gibson is not perfect”. To be fair no owner is. People who are fans of Gibson can point to justifiable reasons why. And people who are not fans of his can also make some justifiable reasons as to why they are not. I can appreciate both sides of argument. However, the point of my post was to simply say “the grass is not always greener on the other side”. Do I want to see if the grass is greener? Not really. I see other clubs who were similar in size to us d
    4 points
  6. And so it ends not with a bang but with a whimper: With our hopes of the play offs diminishing inconsistent Boro are being sent to Coventry (well actually Birmingham). Heres what we I have thrown together. The strikers, the recruitment team and the tea lady have all been thrown under the bus in recent weeks. Who will be thrown this week? What Team and Formation Will Warnock go with? What would you do? At what point do we stop playing the loan lads? Some pictures to make boring stats look interesting: We all remember Keit
    3 points
  7. It’s called ‘Boro Lads Messageboard’ Don’t think they thought about the abbreviation for too long tho 🤦‍♂️
    3 points
  8. He’ll only be happy when we’ve all left, I’ll dm you the details of the secret forum that we have all joined without him.
    3 points
  9. The only time we've had any relative success or looked like we had a discernible direction was when we appointed Karanka, reportedly had Peter Kenyon overseeing football operations in something similar to a director of football role and had Victor Orta as head of recruitment. Many of our signings were successful during that time and we achieved our goal of getting into the Premier League. Both here and at Leeds, Orta has found players that fit into the systems played by the club's manager. That's what we're missing. All of these roles seem to have fallen back into the hands of Neil Bausor.
    3 points
  10. Yes, and it's 1 season in 17 for Leeds. They've had foreign owners for 8 years now, and threw *** at the wall until it stuck. People forget just how many managers they were going through before a gamble finally paid off with Bielsa. Hardly an example of the wonders of foreign ownership.
    3 points
  11. I thought we deserved the point and I think a point against the most in form team in the country is a very good point. I think the point today would have been more appreciated by out fans had we not put on such a sh*t show v Bristol City? I think NML showed good signs. I thinK the poster who labelled him as a poor Ravel Morrison was being harsh and I feel when he fully up to speed his direct running will be very useful. I am hoping he does enough to earn a new contract as a free NML could be smart business. The poster who said Akpom did more in 10mins than Britt did 80mins is bang on
    3 points
  12. Older targetmen like Rickie Lambert, Daryl Murphy and Glenn Murray etc didn’t peak until their late 20’s to early thirties so I aren’t concerned about Wyke being 28 year old. Targetmen is a role that players just seem to peak a bit later than others for some reason. League One has consistently produced some excellent players, certainly strikers, so Wyke deserves respect for his high number of goals this season. Just because he’s an ex-academy lad, it doesn’t diminish his achievements as he has made a great career for himself since leaving Boro. The majority of released and sold academy pl
    2 points
  13. @Changing Times Don't encourage. I'm fully on board with @Denzel Zanzibar getting kicked off the forum. His behaviour isn't acceptable on here, especially for a younger brother to look up to..... @Blanco Don't take him seriously mate. I've seen him get beat up by some children at a soft play centre 👍
    2 points
  14. Was that last word supposed to have an i instead of an a @Old Codger 😂😂😂
    2 points
  15. Yes definitely has @TLF10 Thoughts are with his family at this sad time
    2 points
  16. I think poor old Larry Hagman is pushing up the daisies @RiseAgainst
    2 points
  17. Wonder what JR Ewing is up to these days?
    2 points
  18. 2 points
  19. Better keepers out there that's all mate. I just realised while typing my post that anyone is better than butterfingers.
    2 points
  20. Well we aren’t a club that can take any kind of moral high ground in transfer deals after we appoint managers who get paid on both ends of transfer deals by agents. Only deal with their own agents to ensure they get cash. Falsely inflate prices to get themselves a bigger cut. One of our ex managers previous chairman’s refused to sanction a sale when they found out the replacements would make the manager a couple of million under the table.
    2 points
  21. I remember when football was a sport too, but it’s not any more, it’s an entertainment business, where games are played for the sake of TV schedules, currently in empty stadiums! I’d love a lot of things to go back to how they were in the 80’s but capitalism has destroyed everything it’s touched. I’m happy to stick where we are as a team, I loathe the Premier League and VAR, but many want to get back up there and the only way I can see that happening is with some sort of ambition and a plan, which I fear the current owner lacks.
    2 points
  22. Swansea are 4th, their "long term strategy" is only a few years old, and I'm not sure it was deliberate, they got relegated after repeated poor managerial choices (what was Bob Bradley about?), had a complete fire sale and were expected to struggle in the bottom half of the table last season but snuck in to the play-offs against the odds after an excellent run. I spoke to Swansea fans who were genuinely fearful of a double relegation at the start of last season. Watford are 3rd, and they don't know the meaning of long term planning. I don't disagree that a long term plan is pref
    2 points
  23. Completely agree 100% with this. My concern is that simply having a Foreign owner may not the panacea that some appear to think its is. It might work and it might bring success but equally we could end up exactly where we are at present (Forest, Birmingham, Wednesday, Blackburn etc.) but with owners who are less committed to the Club than SG is and that means it could get worse, a lot worse.
    2 points
  24. I can’t believe people are using Chelsea and Manchester City as examples. Absolutely laughable. One in the heart of the wealthiest area of the country and the other in the country’s second city with half of a nearly 3m population to draw from. We’re also in a different league to Leeds and Villa so there’s little use in comparing us to them. Leicester and Southampton are fairer comparisons in terms of size.
    2 points
  25. I haven't absolved him of any criticism. There are 24 teams in this league every season, every one of them wants to get promoted. Only 3 of them will succeed. I think people need to realise that it's not just down to ownership that we're not an established Premier League team. We've rarely struggled to compete financially in this league, the decision making can and should be questioned, but faceless foreign owners are just as prone to poor decisions as Gibson. Sheffield Wednesday are staring relegation in the face after abysmal decisions, and they still don't have a m
    2 points
  26. I’d rather we changed our style of play than signed a big target man to hoof the ball to.
    2 points
  27. All we need is to find a Sheikh willing to pose in a Boro scarf saying "أنا أحب parmo لي مثل". How difficult is to find one of them? I'm off down to the Bus Stop to see if there any hanging about waiting for the 263.
    2 points
  28. The problem with foreign owners is that in many cases it is a toy for them with no emotional commitment to the team or the area. Now there are of course some really nice ones but as in the example in China above they can just quit and leave the club to go under. There are around two workers a day dying in Qatar with the folly of the World Cup which sold its soul, personally I'd be very cautious about who would buy our club and what their commitment would be for it. Derby and Newcastle are openly up for grabs but the process isn't as convenient as the dream. It does work in some cases and
    2 points
  29. Villa aren't really a good example, are they? They were within hours of going out of business 2 years ago because their owners were that incompetent, they then got new owners who spent a fortune again to get promotion in massive breach of FFP. A huge gamble that only just paid off, they then stayed up last season because of faulty goalline technology. Neither are Leeds, their previous foreign owner was notoriously terrible and they've spent 1 season in the Premier League in the last 15 years, the bottom half of it after today's results. Their summer signings have largely been very ex
    2 points
  30. Leeds got there after 20yrs of suffering and borderline liquidation. And Villa nearly folded with two owners no one liked in Lerner and that Dr and then cheated they way out of a mess. Like I said it all depends on how much risk you are willing to take with a clubs future. There are good foreigners out there and if one comes to our club I would welcome him with open arms.
    2 points
  31. Oops, sorry, I won’t mention Wolves, Leeds or Villa then.
    2 points
  32. I would definitely have Hugill back next season if Warnock remains in charge. He was very harshly treated his time here as others have mentioned he was just as isolated as Negredo was. Target men ALWAYS need runners off them. His link up play was good, he’s strong, can head and still scored a reasonable amount of goals considering how we played as a team.
    2 points
  33. I did not like him one bit when he was here BUT under pulis he was extrmeely isolated on his own. And In his defence he then went to have a very good season at QPR where he had runners in and around him. Which is what most target men need. The fact remains when Hugill plays regularly at this level (and you have bodies around him like you should and not play a 8.1.1 formation with him) then his record suggests he does well. Preston and QPR show that. He back up at Norwich to Pukki so wont judge him on that.
    2 points
  34. I agree we could be a much bigger and better club without him in charge. Equally we would be a much lesser and shi**er club if we was not in charge.
    2 points
  35. It’s just football mate, don’t let yourself get so wound up.
    2 points
  36. DZ I do not know if you are having issues at home, work or otherwise but of late you have been far more aggressive than usual and I simply can not allow you to respond in such a way towards another member of the forum purely for his opinion. There are many other ways you can reply and respond to matters you do not agree with but this time you are pushing the boundaries of decency. The swear filter does work but you intended to state what you have just done so. Give it some thought about how you have been on the forum and try and calm down. Please take this as a public warning th
    2 points
  37. Did Jutkiewicz come from Coventry initially on loan? Can't remember for sure.
    1 point
  38. Just 1 (It was one of my son's that did his uncle in) along with loads of balls out of the ball pool 😂
    1 point
  39. Like you, Blanco I know nothing of this Charles Wyke.
    1 point
  40. @TeaCider24 I am going to possibly upset you here mate by telling you I want Sunderland to come up next season. I dont want them to do well when they come up but I feel it adds a bit of extra spice to our own season if we got two games v them to look forward.
    1 point
  41. Because these discussions are always spurred on by people, and I don't just mean on here, specifically asking for a foreign takeover when they see another club taken over, regardless of who the takeover is by. Saw dozens of people saying it when Barnsley were taken over after their owner sadly became terminal (arguably not the best example as it's going very well for them right now). British owners aren't intrinsically better or worse than foreign owners, and foreign owners aren't intrinsically better or worse either. I've dove in to the thread late on, so I've not actually foll
    1 point
  42. Some very good reasoned debate on here today. I don’t think that there is a right or wrong opinion but to coin a well used Mogga phrase “it is what it is”
    1 point
  43. Yeah I'm not actually keen on Gibson to sell up myself, but him taking a step back and letting someone with real knowledge of football make those decisions. Basically become a silent owner, much like Smith at Norwich (except her half-time on pitch rallying cries). I'm only vocal today as a few people seem to equate foreign ownership with the end of the world or that it will 100% not work, but there are plenty of examples of where it has worked.
    1 point
  44. Sorry wholly disagree with that. Your reason for changing a job due to boredom i fully back and accept as that is a personal decision for you. As it would be for anyone changing a job. That example cannot be linked to wanting change at a a football club imho Wanting to change ownership of a football club is something that affects the entire town and boredom is not a good starting point for wanting change imho.
    1 point
  45. I hope we throw Britt under a bus, because he's clearly doing a Ramirez and not bothering to put in any effort. I cannot stand players who give up mid-season (see also Guzan, B). I'd play 4132, with Morsy holding and Watmore alongside Akpom if Fletcher is still unable to play. I remember a PAOK fan coming on here giving Chuba the big build up when we signed him, so there must be a player in there somewhere. I'd happily play loan players providing they're not Fulham goalkeepers. Might as well use the players at our disposal while we're paying their wages - they might even end up stayi
    1 point
  46. At what point do we stop playing the loan lads? Hopefully never, they're probably our best players.
    1 point
  47. After the histrionics and dressing room schisms of Aitor's tenure, I don't think we'll get another foreign manager during Gibson's reign. Which is a shame, because he's ignoring a huge pool of fine managers beyond the usual merry-go-round of Bruce/Pulis/Warnock/Allardyce et al. Like it or not, our managerial future involves either a hoofball veteran or an unqualified rookie, both with an English accent. We just have to hope someone - either Warnock or his replacement - can add some enjoyment to the endless hoofing and hoping.
    1 point
  48. You asked how they win games, one chance one goal.....when was the last time we could say that about boro.
    1 point
  49. Be careful what you wish for. Ipswich fans hounded Mick McCarthy out of his job and celebrated him leaving like they been promoted. League 1 is now like a 2nd home. Arsenal fans hounded Wenger out of his job as top 4 was not good enough. Now they would snap your hands off for a Europa league spot. Birmingham fans hated the Gold&Sullivan ownership and wanted them out. They not come close to enjoying the success they had under them. Of course there are instances where fans demand for change has resulted in positive times but I am certainly not going to wish Gibson leaves
    1 point
  50. Well it's great that you came through the other side of it anyway, and with the adventure of a new life in Canada to look forward to as well 👍
    1 point

  • Latest Posts

    • DZ has already hinted that Fry may be off, perhaps he’s one of the players that doesn’t want to be at the club. 
    • I feel sorry for Johnson, was playing really well before Christmas, creating and scoring. Loan players come in, he doesn’t get a look in and we are worse for it. Spence and Coulson often get called out, alongside the strikers.   I wouldn’t be surprised if Brit, Johnson, Akpom, Coulson and Fletcher are all pretty peed off and want away.  I’m still supportive of Warnock but he needs to take some responsibility. The loan signings seem to have disrupted the team spirit. Too many all at once? Too many straight into the team? He clearly doesn’t rate any of our strikers and Fletcher annoyed him getting injured again when he said he was fit and not signing a new contract.  Such a disappointing end to the season 
    • Just had a snoop in the Norwich club website to see if there was anything "official". Seems like it is an obligation to buy upon promotion rather than an option.
    • The last 4 years have been genuinely horrendous but I can’t agree that this is worse than it was under Pulis. I mean under Pulis there were times we played a flat back 5 of shotton, ayala, flint, friend, Saville. 4 plodders in midfield and Britt stood up top with literally no one within 50 yards of him.  At least this season Neil’s brought a bit of flair in general played people in their actual positions. Admittedly he appears to have lost his *** In this respect in the last few games. I’m not making a case for Warnock’s long term vision by the way, whatever the *** that is. Just that he is marginally less crap than Pulis.
    • Warnock was never going to be the long-term solution, with him in charge expect another mid-table finish next season at best. We'll be lucky not to finish in the bottom half this season, tbh.

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