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Everything posted by AnglianRed

  1. I think a lot would depend on the financial situation (i.e. how much Gibson was prepared to let him spend). If he thought he was in for a season of struggle I'm fairly sure he'd call it a day. If, on the other hand, he was allowed to assemble a squad not too different to what we had under McLaren, I think he might fancy it. As you say, there is also his age, health and personal circumstances to consider. Ideally I would hope Gibbo might actually look to bring in a top class manager, either with PL experience, or of managing in a top division in Europe.
  2. Are you that desperate for upvotes? 😂 Nicely done anyway... 👏 As @estonpidge said, you should be a politician with that level of fence-sitting ability. Anyway, to answer your question, I wouldn't be completely opposed to the idea...but who out there could do the job. More importantly, who out there would want to? I mean Boro aren't exactly candidates for an overseas billionaire consortium vanity project, like Chelsea or Man City and I don't think there will be many (if any) local businesses interested in helping us do what we did in the late 90s and 00s.
  3. I don't know about a lack of quality. There are a few teams who, on paper, should be absolutely dominating. But I think its the same across the leagues, with the lack of crowds to provide an atmosphere and gee up the players. Just look at some of the weird results the PL has thrown up so far. I think Covid is having some effect on that score. But I agree we do look like a fairly decent side...defensively at least. We just really struggle to break teams down. To do that you either need to be fast or clever...and we're neither. I mean, we do have a couple of players with pace, but too often they are working on their own and have to hold the ball up (when they don't punt it into empty space, or back to the opposition) - by which time the other side have got their defence organised. So we then end up passing it back, sideways and back to the keeper... 🥱😴 So we either need to get better quality wide players and learn to attack at pace as a unit (forwards & midfield), or else acquire some Championship versions of Eden Hazard, or Kevin de Bruyne who can magically find time and space anywhere and pick a perfect pass.
  4. Well we made VERY hard work of that. Looked a pretty even contest until Britt scored. Possibly the most unconvincing 2-0 win I've ever seen. Still think we're poor as an attacking team. Other sides have given Coventry a right drubbing, while we came mighty close to settling for a draw. I actually think we've played better against the likes of Bournemouth and Reading. OTOH its a win, a clean sheet and we're now just outside the top 6. So I guess I shouldn't complain too much.
  5. Always said he was class... 😁 Just very quietly...
  6. I don't know why they don't teach that in academies...its a useful tool in a striker's kit bag. 😁
  7. And that differs from the previous 80 minutes...how? On a more serious note...PHEW! Please don't mess this up now lads! 🙏
  8. Eh...thats how I pronounce it (well...Tavern-ee-ay). 😝
  9. Damn - what a curler by Roberts. Shame it went just wide.
  10. Ugh! Another great chance goes begging. When chances like that don't go in, you start to think it might not be your night.
  11. More or less what I've been thinking. We are Just. So. Sloooowwwww... I know we are never going to play like Liverpool, but what happened to a bit of good old fashioned pace down the wings? We just keep playing around in front of them and trying to hit balls through them...and invariably lose possession.
  12. 45 minutes of my life I wish I could get back... Can only hope 2nd half is better. Maybe Warnock has seen some chinks in Coventry's seemingly impenetrable defence. 😉
  13. True - but we can't keep using that as an excuse. We need to figure out how to break down defensive teams.
  14. I think he was just getting a bit bored and fancied going for a jog. 😉
  15. Well I know the quality hasn't been any better, but we have at least shown more intent and effort in some of our other games. Tonight its like they can't be arsed.
  16. Jesus what absolute dross so far. Rather than trying to outclass Coventry, its almost like we're playing down to their level. Don't think their keeper has had a save to make so far. Boro are SO slow and predictable...coupled with a lot of wayward passing. Also passing sideways and backwards far too much against a team we should be looking to dominate. Infuriating! Lets hope NW has a few choice words for them at half time.
  17. TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER Barnsley v Queens Park Rangers (H) Blackburn Rovers v Reading (D) Brentford v Norwich City (D) Middlesbrough v Coventry City (H) Swansea City v Stoke City (D) Wycombe Wanderers v Watford (A) WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town (D) AFC Bournemouth v Bristol City (D) Derby County v Cardiff City (A) Luton Town v Nottingham Forest (H) Preston North End v Millwall (H) Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday (A)
  18. I'm probably dooming us to a freak loss, but I'm feeling confident about this one...even allowing for the fact its a home game. Coventry's record so far is pretty miserable - W1 D2 L4 F6 A14 so we have every reason to go into this one expecting 3 points. Predicting a first clean sheet since...the last one...and a couple of goals from set pieces, either side of half time, to make it a comfortable 2-0 win for Boro. Will add some awful MS Paint artwork later, if I get time.
  19. I hope thats not a sign of things to come. I've been really enjoying the harem scarem start to the season. Be a shame if it returned to business as usual.
  20. Have to say I've been hugely impressed with how organised and relatively comfortable we've looked so far this season. Any team will have a few scares when the opposition press them really hard or counter very rapidly, but for the majority of games we've looked really solid. Contrast that with last season, when I was watching games mostly through my fingers and cringing pretty much every time the opposition got out of their own half. Warnock and the coaches deserve huge credit for turning a shambles of a squad into something resembling a decent football team.
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