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  1. Thanks for the help. Are there any good, affordable signings for Middlesbrough?. Any help I can get would be welcome!. I haven’t played Football Manager in about 5 years so I’m anticipating I’ll be as terrible as Woodgate. I’ve put myself as a Teessider in my profile so that should allow me a few relegations before I get the sack by Gibson.
  2. Where is the best place to buy Football Manager 2020?. Hopefully somewhere with quick delivery?. Amazon prices seem steep.
  3. Thanks for the detailed input DanFromDownSouth. I really appreciate input from members with knowledge in niche areas such as you in accountancy. It’s particularly welcome considering Boro fans collective concerns regarding the level of genuine scrutiny that local media like the Evening Gazette and BBC Tees can put upon Boro due to them being pressured into toeing the party line.
  4. It sounds such a 1990’s set up. Gary Gill has proven himself as being useless with recruitment over the past decade and more. He’s our equivalent to Chris Grayling who consistently gets good jobs, despite him failing in all previous jobs, as he obeys his master in any circumstance as he’s a “yes man”. We all know Gibson loves them sort of people workin Boro though. It’s little wonder our recruitment is decades behind the likes of Brentford.
  5. I sent that question to the Evening Gazette. The bottom paragraph that you have quoted was attached to my initial question, but they seem to have butchered the editing and put the quote down the bottom of the page which makes it look like it’s a response to the question.
  6. Phew. Absolutely massive win. Hopefully we can put some steady results together to give us a comfortable end to the season.
  7. Saville is a far better fit as part of a two man holding midfield than McNair. McNair’s main strength is running forward with the ball, which removes the defensive protection that two holding midfielders are designed to provide, so I would much rather have Saville in this 4-2-3-1 than McNair. Hopefully Stojanovic can put in a solid performance today. If we lose today then it’s time to panic as we’ll be staring down the barrel at relegation.
  8. We didn’t burn them!
  9. Garry Monk's transfer business in the Summer of 2017 set us back 2 or 3 years according to the Evening Gibson: https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/tony-pulis-garry-monks-disastrous-17862203 It's beyond doubt that it caused us long term financial pressure, but it doesn't excuse Woodgate's underperformance. There's no direct criticism of anyone other than Garry Monk though. Look, look, it was all Monk's fault!. Lets all boo him!. Just look how terrible his gelled hair is!. There's no scrutiny of why Gibson authorised such a reckless transfer spend. I'm especially baffled about why we spent £21.5 million on Assombalonga and Fletcher when we already had a superior striker, Patrick Bamford, here who we then had to sell 12 months later due to us needing to clear up the financial mess that the reckless 2017 spend caused.
  10. After the rubble of the January transfer window cleared, such as our failed attempt to bring in some flair attackers like Jesse, Delofeu, Bojan etc and also Gaston Ramirez essentially giving up playing for Karanka, it was clear that the option was to either accept relegation with Karanka in charge until the end of the season - and then give him another season in the Championship like Dyche at Burnley - or to sack him in an attempt to keep in the Premier League. So when we sacked Karanka I seen it as a sign of ambition by Gibson that we were seemingly doing everything we could to try to keep within the Premier League, and with names like Gud Hiddink linked with us, I could piece together some sort of positive logic within the decision. I may be completely wrong but I think most fans felt that way. The potential certainly was there if we had someone like Hiddink if he could get Ramirez performing again and harnessed Traore's phenomenal potential a few seasons before he became one of the World's best wingers. It's a "what if" scenario now so we're never going to know. One thing that we certainly do now know, however, is that Steve Agnew certainly wasn't the man for the job and was merely a cheap option that would allow Gibson and co to start their new revolution of ripping apart the framework that Karanka had slowly evolved over 3 season's here, which was good enough to get us promoted to the Premier League. Another thing that I now know is that Gibson sacking Karanka was not due to ambition of wanting to avoid relegation from the Premier League. If he had genuine ambition then there's absolutely no way that he would tolerate Woodgate's continued underachievement which has us teetering on the edge of League One. That leaves the glaringly obvious reason being that Gibson was simply wanting to get his control back. He grew sick of Karanka and Ortra challenging him as they felt, rightly, that they knew more about football than Gibson and Gill. Ever since Gibson's revolution took hold post Karanka, everything has fallen apart from there with our "football is a simple game, complicated by fools" mentality. I've heard Gibson and Woodgate quote that dinosaur mentality. That along with how we have struggled to keep with modern football, we're simply still run like a 1990's club with recruitment in particular. If you contrast that with the rest of modern football, it's little wonder why we're so far behind smaller clubs like Brentford who are a forward thinking club that welcomes a Director of Football and uses data incredibly effectively. I read this interesting short article today about how data has been used by Sevilla FC to refine scouting data, analysing market value and also to prevent injuries: https://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/sevilla-fc-the-sporting-advantage-of-data/. The way we shun modern football is terrifying. We're still stuck in the 1990's regularly getting out performed by smaller clubs who have embraced modern football practices. I think Gibson must rate his and his cronies opinion's too highly to trust data/statistics over their opinions. If I was him I wouldn't enjoy looking at statistics either as they would only show how terrible Gibson and his cronies decision's have been for the majority of the past decade.
  11. Our 27% chance of relegation will massively increase if we lose on Saturday. I’m guessing a loss will swing it to 50% to 60% chance of relegation. Terrifying prospect.
  12. Moukoudi reminds me of Andre Bikey at times, which is obviously a concern. He has some great moments but I’m always concerned about him doing something rash. He clearly has potential if he can learn to become more reliable and composed. If we get relegated to League One then pretty much everyone will be wanting to leave. Any squad building plans will be destroyed.
  13. It illustrates how poorly we’re run to have such a high wage bill and average wage, especially when compared to the likes of Brentford Sheffield United and Leeds who are far better on and off the pitch that us. We absolutely deserve to be relegated for being so poorly run behind the scenes and tactically set up so poorly on match days by Woodgate. However, Gibson and Woodgate will no doubt come out with the “we were very unlucky” line if we get relegated as expected.
  14. I've had a bit of a comparison of this season's current position vs last season's finishing position among the teams who finished around us last season. Out of the Championship's top 8 teams who remained within this division last season - after Norwich, Sheffield United & Aston Villa got promoted - 6 of them are still occupying the top 9 places in the Championship this season. That's West Brom (1st), Leeds (2nd), Nottingham Forest (4th), Brentford (5th), Bristol City (7th) & Swansea (9th). The other 2 of them 8 are Derby County who are 13th placed with 48 points, and us in 22nd place with a pathetic 38 points. Considering the problems Derby have had with Keogh, Lawrence & Bennett's drink driving crash, I think their underperformance is more understandable than ours as it has been the result of factors beyond Cocu's control. I think what that comparison reinforces is that Woodgate had a very good squad which he was taking over. Fair enough, Flint. Mikel and Downing among others left but we still had the spine of a very good squad to build around, and any competent manager would never have us in 22nd position from 7th position the previous season. Has there ever been a manager who has taken over a club in the Championship that had finished the previous season in 7th place or above, and then got them relegated to League One and kept their job?. If there's a stats guy out there I'd love to know?.
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