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  1. Does anyone know if there is a steam of the game?.
  2. Bola and Dijksteel are very raw but certainly have potential. Sorry for repeating this point for about the third time on here, but them two would massively benefit from a top quality coach who will drill them defensively - someone akin to Karanka. If the plan is to buying young talent and improve them, like we are led to believe, with good coaching and game time then having Woodgate as our manager completely undermines it.
  3. There are a lot of short-term problems for us at the moment due to injuries and suspensions, but with the right manager in place like Hughton we should avoid relegation comfortably as we still have a lot of quality within our squad. We also have a January window coming up to patch up the areas of concern like at fullback and on the wings until the summer transfer window. Boro having to now operate sensibly and stopping wasting money is no reason for us to have no realistic expectations of a top 6 finish next season. We're losing loads of money because we've made terrible decisions in the transfer market signing average Championship level players for inflated fees and appointing inadequate managers. Once we start making the right decisions, we'll stop losing so much money and, in turn, will start building a good squad within a modest budget. It is possible to be run sensibly and get promoted. Burnley, Sheffield United and Norwich are testament to that.
  4. Hughton would be top of the list for me. I think he held out hoping to get one of the Premier League jobs, but he seems to have just recently turned down the Watford job on a deal until the end of the season. Like any passionate football manager out of work, he'll be getting itchy feet desperate to get a new project. The Premier League jobs are looking unlikely at the moment so maybe he is willing to entertain the prospect of dropping into the Championship. He done a fantastic job at Brighton with some extremely shrewd signings and he build their promotion winning team over multiple transfer windows. He ticks pretty much every box. Whilst we're going to be running on a tight budget, I think a lot of managers would see the potential to build a team with the current players here, and would also understand that we have lots of saleable assets that would raise big funds to rebuild with and have loads of big earners out of contract at the end of the season. Whilst we're struggling at the moment, we still have lots of very high quality Championship level players like Randolph, Ayala, Fry, Clayton, McNair, Wing, Assombalonga etc. A top manager like Hughton will surely appreciate that he can build a promotion winning team out of the players that are currently here.
  5. The definition of incompetent is "lacking the skills or knowledge to do a job or perform an action correctly or to a satisfactory standard". We're sat one point outside the relegation zone, won 3 league games from 19 and are the lowest scorers within the Championship with 16 goals. We're on the same points as Luton Town for crying out loud. When you factor in that Woodgate has the likes of Randolph, Ayala, Fry, Howson, McNair, Wing and Assombalonga, his under performance is even more stark. Therefore, I think describing Woodgate as incompetent is a fair description. In terms of you rather eloquently alleging me to be a "boo boy", I can say that I have never booed the team when at a game. In fact, I consider myself to be among the more positive of fans; I'm just not passive on here when I see an incompetent manager putting us at serious risk of relegation from the Championship when we should be nowhere near there considering the players at his disposal. Furthermore, Woodgate gushing over Leeds after they battered us 4-0 emphasises that he just doesn't have the mentality to be a successful manager. Both fans and players will have been irked by that.
  6. Warnock on a deal to the end of the season to save us from relegation in a no-thrills style would just about be palatable. I'd take a dinosaur like him over an incompetent, inexperienced guy like Woodgate.
  7. If we don't stop the rot very soon then we could easily end up like Sunderland. That's why giving Warnock half a season to get us clear of the relegation zone and sort out some of the mess here isn't the most abhorrent thought, though only because of the mess that we're in. We have no intelligence from Gibson and co to be able to implement any sort of successful, winning with style philosophy. We're a shambles of a club. The successful period under Karanka feels an absolute fluke for the club to have go it right for once.
  8. Next to nobody wanted Woodgate and he only got it because Gibson wanted to do his mate a favour. And now, thanks to that, we're deep in a relegation battle and the prospect of giving Warnock - a fellow dinosaur alongside Pulis - doesn't seem all that bad compared to Woodgate as we're staring down the barrel of relegation if not. Gibson has overseen this mess, and continues to never learn from his mistakes. My betting is on Gibson giving Woodgate until around Christmas time to turn things around - which is incidentally around the time Warnock has indicated he would consider a new job again, but if not we'll be doing to good old Steve Gibson's headless chicken, 180 degrees spin around and head back to dinosaur land with Warnock. The key line that stands out within the Evening Gazette article is "But that patience could be stretched to breaking point if Boro don't make the most of their coming three Riverside meetings with fellow strugglers Charlton , Stoke and Huddersfield." If we don't do well in them games them I think Woodgate will be gone. Also, as we all know that the Evening Gazette are Boro's unofficial mouth-piece, if we had no interest in Warnock then surely the Evening Gazette Article would have been far more stronger with its rebuttal of Warnock as a candidate, especially considering this apparently new direction of fast, attacking football and the promise of young players. If we had no interest then surely the article will have gone a lot further to write off Warnock.
  9. If Britt is out then it would make a lot of sense to play 5-4-1 with Tavernier, Clayton, Saville and Wing in midfield behind Fletcher in strike; akin to how Newcastle set up. We could have Tavernier and Wing as the two creative, attack-minded midfielder of the CMs closest to the flanks, and give them the license to get forward when we’re in possession. We’re missing Randolph and loads of key defenders so us playing that formation would at least help protect our patched up team. If there is any risk to Assombalonga then I would much rather we save him for the games after Leeds.
  10. It's been a very long time since I've came away from a game so happy. It was probably more out of relief more than anything as if we didn't win yesterday then we would have been plunged into a crisis. The performance was very scrappy and we didn't show much quality on the ball, so I'm not going to get too excited yet as we still have a lot of hard work to do to get some decent results over a consistent spell. The main positive for the night was Tavernier's performance. It was probably the best performance by him in a Boro shirt. He seems to have really matured recently, and I was particularly impressed with his mentality of wanting to get on the ball at every opportunity as he wanted to create. He was also pressing up the pitch and tracking back to cover for over teammates mistakes. It seems a coming of age performance by him. Wing's performances in holding midfield are concerning me. He undoubtedly has quality on the ball to do eye catching things like ping a long ball out wide or slip a ball through a gap to an unmarked team-mate, but he just can't do the solid job that a holding midfielder needs to. Yesterday there were a few times where his lack of defensive awareness and him attempted to play football in positions that he shouldn't have could very easily have cost us two goals. If he makes them sort of mistakes against a higher quality team, such as Leeds on Saturday, then he's going to cost us loads of goals over the course of a season. In the second half we seemed to panic and were hacking everything clear, instead of actually getting the ball down and trying to take control of the game. Wing, for all of his other qualities, just doesn't do the holding midfielder role well enough. I've never been convinced in that role and I'm yet to see anything to show that he is going to play there regularly throughout his career. I think we needed Clayton to do the calming role in midfield earlier in the second half when we were struggling to keep the ball. When he was playing in advanced midfield last season he was phenomenal. He can cause so much more damage there, so I feel like we're wasting his qualities at the moment.
  11. I thought the first-half performance was very good. We looked as good as we've been under Woodgate. Johnson has undoubtedly let the team down as it gave Hull a huge chance to get back into it. In terms of Woodgate's decisions after then, I completely agree that the correct formation to switch to was the 4-4-1, however, the decision to play Tavernier at LB is absolutely bonkers by Woodgate. Expecting him to be able to cope at LB up against Jarrod Bowen, one of the Championship's best wingers, when we're down to 10 men and without a league win in 10 games is simply idiotic. Woodgate was in a high-pressure moment that required sound decision-making and he failed. I understand we were short of LB options but I'd have much rather we brought on either of Coulson or Bola, or even played McNair at LB and kept Fletcher on LW - the latter being my preferred option. Bowen's second goal came from Tavernier's lack of awareness and physique to clear the danger, so as far as I'm concerned Woodgate's decision to not put a better option at LB resulted in the goal. We just aren't organised well enough to be able to sustain pressure without conceding, and that comes from a fundamental lack of coaching ability from Woodgate. We're slowly drifting towards relegation so any remaining patience for Woodgate is running very thin. Does any of the ITK guys know how much it would cost for us to sack Woodgate and whichever of his backroom team that would also leave like Keane?. I'm assuming that Percovich and Coyne will be staying here if Woodgate leaves.
  12. Failing "microphone warrior" criticises "keyboard warriors" who highlight his failings.
  13. A naïve comment from an inexperienced guy that's out of his depth in a managerial role. His instinct is to turn it into insults instead of trying to act like a manager who should try to bring everyone together, especially at a time that we're in the relegation zone and in awful form. Maybe he got too excited and arrogant after we picked up one whole point today instead of losing again. He has won 2 wins in 16 league games so anyone reasonable would consider any criticism, whether online or in a stadium, as completely understandable. He's just a bit of a pillock.
  14. Is there a working stream?. I could do with a laugh.
  15. Randolph's transfer history before he was 26 is Charlton, Welling United, Accrington Stanley, Gillingham, Bury, Hereford United, Motherwell and then Birmingham. That is similarly uninspiring if taken with great weighting. Archer kept 18 clean sheets during Millwall's 2017/2018 season in which they finished 8th so he can't have performed all that badly. Good scouting and recruitment buys players at low points and sells them at high points. Just because Archer's stock is pretty low right now doesn't mean he can't become a good goalkeeper in future.
  16. Goalkeepers are a position that really don't require a huge amount of money spent on within the Championship. When we signed Dimi nobody could have predicted him being our number one during a promotion season. Cardiff got promoted with 27 year old Neil Etheridge who they signed on a free transfer from League One Walsall. I can't see how anyone can rationally write off Jordan Archer.
  17. It’s worth noting that Jordan Archer is still only 26 year old, which is pretty young for a goalkeeper, so if he continues to improve then he could turn out to be a shrewd signing. It's worth noting that when Randolph was around 26 year old he was playing for Motherwell and just before he signed for Birmingham City on a free transfer. He has only continued to improve massively since then and is now the best goalkeeper in the Championship. Archer has 133 appearances at Championship level so he surely can't be that bad and, whilst I don't have much faith in our coaching or recruitment team, if he has the right attitude to improve similar to how Randolph did from the age of 26 year old then I would be pretty happy with the signing. We need to start recruiting far more shrewdly so hopefully Archer can turn into a good signing, if we actually do want to sign him following his trial. Fans won’t like to think about it but Randolph is out of contract at the end of next season and it would make sense for us to cash in on him at some point instead of allowing him to leave on a free transfer.
  18. p_mards

    Steve Gibson

    We look a very unattractive club for young players to come to right now. Them three (Dijksteel, Bola and Browne) aren't getting game time, and probably more indicting upon Woodgate is the fact that Wing and Fry have also really struggled under him after previously excelling under Pulis. Even Fletcher, who had significantly improved his confidence under Pulis, seems to be really struggling again. We're in the relegation zone and it will be clear from the outside looking in that we're playing Pulis tactics again so I think we're going to really struggle to recruit any promising youngsters, especially within the January transfer window. If I was Steve Gibson I'd be very concerned about the results and performances on the pitch, but also the fact that Woodgate's ineptitude is hindering all of the apparent strategy behind the scenes of us moving towards becoming a far more sustainable business model by buying young players for low fees and improving them.
  19. Gestede looked a risky signing when we signed him in January 2017 so it's little wonder how badly the move has turned out. £6 million fee and probably £30k+ a week wages for three and a half years makes for scary thought. That January 2017 window was when things massively fell apart. We were pretty solid in most games but needed some creative spark adding to the team. Instead blown loads of money on awful and expensive signings like Gestede and Gueudiora. It was as if we had money burning a hole in our pocket and we just wanted to spend it despite us not particularly needing them players. The only signing which made sense in that transfer window was Bamford. He should have been build around after relegation. However, despite us already having Bamford and Gestede, 6 months later we decided to throw £15 million at Assombalonga, £7 million at Fletcher - both inferior strikers to Bamford - and £9 million on Braithwaite. All them signings created the financial pressure to sell Bamford, the best striker of the lot, just 18 months after signing him. The lack of joined up thinking is simply bonkers. Gestede and many other high earners are thankfully out of contract in the Summer so the end is thankfully in sight at least.
  20. p_mards

    Steve Gibson

    I like what the club attempted to do this Summer with the signings of young players like Dijksteel, Bola and Browne who, on paper anyway, seemed good value for money, with potential and on an upward career trajectory. It is the sort of transfer strategy that I have wanted to us pursue for a very long time. However, there's no denying that they have struggled a lot so far. It's unclear how much of that is their fault and how much is our fault as a club for not providing a very good environment for young players to come into. There's no denying that the reckless tactics at the start of the season which led to us consistently being caught out of position and the lack of organised team shape out of possession will have had a damaging effect on them all. Now we have moved away from them stupid tactics we've reverted back to the dinosaur formation of Pulis and stopped giving them game time as Woodgate realised that he is fighting to save his job. If we genuinely have a philosophy that Bevington is trying to oversee then surely it is abundantly clear that Woodgate's ineptitude as a manager and coach is crippling the strategy of buying young players with the aim of improving them. If we had appointed a head coach who knew what he was doing then Dijksteel, Bola and Browne will have had far better chance to prosper here. If Woodgate is sacked I hope we keep to the strategy but appoint a head coach who can actually improve young raw players through good quality coaching and tactics.
  21. p_mards

    Steve Gibson

    Gibson putting in loads of money would always mitigate his poor decision making in my eyes, however, as he has continued to make awful decisions in appointing unfit individuals into key positions of power within the club, that mitigation is now pretty meaningless. It's him employing the likes of Woodgate, Gill, Bevington (whatever he is even doing?), Bauser and co that is resulting in massive inefficiencies. The historic awful decision making that results from the individuals within key positions has wasted many tens of millions of a raft of shambolically expensive signings like Gueudiora, Gestede, Saville & Fletcher. Even under Pulis, the self proclaimed money saving expert, was given too much freedom to rely on short term fix's and allowed to spend £8 million on yet another CM when we were well stocked with CM's and already poorly balanced due to lacking wingers and #10's. If we're ever going to stop needlessly wasting money then Gibson needs to stop giving jobs to his mates and start appointing people upon their merits; like an actual proper business that strives for the best. Only then will we stop wasting so much money and start being properly run. The PR spin from the Gazette is deflecting a lot of valid criticism of what Gibson is doing wrong behind the scenes. I've been saying about him for ages, and he is well out of our reach now, but years ago we should have been doing everything possible to appoint Stuart Webber as our Sporting Director/Director of Football. He has turned Huddersfield and Norwich around behind the scenes and led to them getting promoted on a budget. It's people like him who we should be appointing based on their merits, instead of appointing loads of Teessider's.
  22. We have two tough away games at Derby and QPR before the international break, so I'm thinking that if we lose them two then I can't imagine anything other than Woodgate being sacked as it would leave is deep within the relegation zone and possibly several points adrift of safety.
  23. Bola and Dijksteel would massively benefit from us having a head coach who was a meticulous coach and had a set system that provided them with protection. That's why I think someone like Karanka would bring the best out of them. Woodgate is just out of his depth as he doesn't know what he is doing so how on earth can he tell players what they need to be doing.
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