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  1. Anyone think we could line up like this? Stokanovic Dijksteele Moukoudi Gibson Bola McNair Howson Tav Wing Coulson Fletcher? I'm not sure if the squad we have will be able to play 4 3 3 and I think weve looked better as a 4 2 3 1 where the attacking players have more cover. As a 4 3 3 it could be.. Wing saville mcnair Tav ?? Coulson I think we may see a new striker come in but not sure yet.
  2. I've just caught the highlights of the game..all I can say is from those, we looked lucky to get the 3 points. A better team than Charlton would have scored those chances and its worrying how open we looked at times. I'm glad they didnt score, and we've got the all important 3 points, so in the grand scheme of things it will be over looked. This season is all about survival and hopefully there will be one worse team than us that takes that final spot. In regards to Gestede, I think his wages and time he joined makes him a target of abuse. He is associated with the prem january window and our lack of ambition, in my opinion. He is frustrating and has had some absolutely terrible games for us, but if he is using the next 9 games to put himself in the window, I dont care, as long as he benefits the team. Fair play to him for not being injured and bottling it. I'm still unsure if we will stay up, yesterday we showed promising signs. But I look at what we produce overall and it still seems a bit lacklustre. Prove me wrong Woody.
  3. 4231 for me Pears Spence Shotton Moukoudi Johnson Clayton Howson Tav Wing Coulson Gestede Tomorrow is a must win. It's as simple as that.
  4. The fact they're already discussing targets for next season is part of the problem. How can they possibly plan for two different scenarios when we dont know where we will be? Theres a lot of if, buts and maybes before the summer recruitment begins. Do you know what I do find funny though. You think about how much Jakanovic would have wanted IF he was to come. Is that really that much money on what we have wasted on the new goal keeper? 1m, and the various loan deals we had for players? Added to this, Britt is leaving at the end of the season, so should we have sold him to fund money for a manager? We've *** it
  5. The Charlton and Hull games are huge for us. Win those and we are safe I think. We still have it in our hands at least.
  6. I'd have given coulson motm, I thought he was class. Not a foul on Pears. Just inexperienced goal keeping and great experience of Grabban. Would have liked to have seen Spence earlier and thought that our midfield looked over ran and needed freshening up sooner.
  7. "Just because Rudy is playing doesnt mean we are going to kick it up to him" I guarantee you that that's exactly how we will play and I give it 2 mins maximum before that happens.
  8. With the players we have I would have preferred to have gone 4231 Pears Spence Moukoudi Shotton Coulson 2 DMS Clayton and Howson 3 ams Tav Wing Morrison Gestede To me it looks like Woodgates hard on to play 4 3 3 is at the detriment of looking at the skill set of the players available. Hes trying to shoe horn players into a system that I dont think they're suited for personally speaking. That being said I'd rather eat humble pie after 3 points. But I doubt it will come.
  9. I think hes seen other clubs go down and come back stronger and would maybe hope we would do the same. My only gripe with that is that they've had a clear way of playing and continued it whilst they've been playing in all the leagues. Sheffield United are the best example. They've got no standout players on paper, but a cohesive team and unit who know how to play and arguably it's made them better for playing that way. I.e the long term plan. But I'm confused. I thought that this season was meant to be the reset that the club needed? Or is Gibson trying to change the perception of going down we can still do that but from a lower league? Let's not detract away from the facts. Woodgate is under performing as a coach. It's not like hes got *** players. The core of this team finished 7th with Pulis. It's not like Woodgate is inheriting a whole team of newbies. I'm sorry but this is Gibson trying to again buy time for Woodgate and to let the fans down gently if we go down. Woodgate will still remain at this club come survival or relegation. That I am sure of. I just wish Gibson wouldnt spin it like a fairy tale to go down and come back up stronger and better. You've still got to have the coaching set up behind the scenes spot on and we are currently showing we dont have that as 8 wins all seasons suggests!
  10. I think the fans just want honesty above all else. No one has any idea what Gibson wants. The reasons behind his appointments or his purchases in the transfer market. On one hand, he suggests a manager who will change the philosophy at the club from top to bottom, based on no experience. We then buy league 1 standard players for a "long term" project...but then ship them out for loans when they're not good enough. You've got to question, how is buying those players in the summer benefitting us right now? The club appoints Bevington, again with no experience but at least he had sense to walk away because he was doing such a poor job. We've got an inexperienced coaching team with no ability to get us out of this mess. And with 10 games left, we have only won 8 games all season. We will go down. But Gibson states how he is more committed to Boro than ever before? I'm sorry but his actions just dont show this to me. That is arguably more frustrating. The age of smoke and mirrors with clubs is over. Back in the day a nice little mouth piece from Gibson would probably appease the fans. But with forums, podcasts and radio phone ins, your lies and smoke and mirrors just get blown apart. Which is where we are now. Some will say sir Steve is untouchable, and yes I'm appreciative of all he has done for us. But if he says about the mistakes he made 1p years ago, we are making them right now. He hasnt learnt from his mistakes and this is what frustrates me. His only successful spell has been with Karanka where he went outside of his comfort zone and allowed Orta, Kenyan and Karanka more of a control. Ever since he has been burned he has got more controlling and we have stagnated and gone backwards. That's telling in itself. It wouldnt even surprise me if Woodgate is Gibsons puppet and Gibson is running the team in his image, because I have honestly no idea how a chairman of a club he loves so much can idly stand by and watch it crash and burn.
  11. “We are not a League One club. We certainly don’t see ourselves as that. We are a big club with a top flight infrastructure. But the league table and results say otherwise.
  12. https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/uk-sports/2017/03/19/chairman-gibson-steve-agnew-can-be-glue-to-unify-middlesbrough/ Gibson came out and said something similar when Karanka left and Agnew took the job on. Now I'm praying with all I've got that Gibson is doing this to give them a confidence boost. However, if he wants to appoint Woodgate long term then he hasnt learnt from his mistakes has he? We've essentially come full circle to not giving an experienced manager a position when we could have escaped relegation.
  13. https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/uk-sports/2017/03/19/chairman-gibson-steve-agnew-can-be-glue-to-unify-middlesbrough/ Gibson came out and said something similar when Karanka left and Agnew took the job on. Now I'm praying with all I've got that Gibson is doing this to give them a confidence boost. However, if he wants to appoint Woodgate long term then he hasnt learnt from his mistakes has he? We've essentially come full circle to not giving an experienced manager a position when we could have escaped relegation.
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