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  1. Is Dijksteel still injured? Spence really struggled aerially on Saturday so I think Warnock is going to be looking for another option there unless he improves that area of his game. Also, are our returning loaned out players Bola and Walker allowed to play in our remaining games?
  2. I love this interview clip from Warnock. After Gestede said he didn’t want to sign a contract extension, Warnock told him to clear off even before his contract expired 😂😂😂
  3. I'd love us to move towards a sporting director and head coach model. However, I can't imagine Steve Gibson being open to us moving in that direction as it would take away operational control from him and his inept mate in recruitment Gary Gill. We're constantly in transition due to the disorganised and disjointed squad building that has occurred for over a decade, aside from the successful interlude under Karanka in which he took away control from them with him having Victor Orta as a director of football. We're going to have huge gaping holes within our squad next season regardless of whether we're relegated or not, and we're going to be forced to sell lots of key players who are in the final 12 months of their contract like Assombalonga, Fletcher & Fry. Neil Warnock has shown in his long career that he can build promotion winning teams on a budget so, considering the absolute mess we're in and Gibson's ineptitude when making any sort of important decision, it would be crazy not to give Warnock the job next season if he keeps us up. At a minimum he'll put then some solid foundations in place and see us through a very difficult period in the upcoming transfer window. My openness to Warnock keeping here next season is only because of the sheer incompetence of Steve Gibson's decision making.
  4. He was a fantastic player for the majority of time he was on the pitch for us during his six and a half years of service. However, I haven’t seen anyone from Liverpool or Norwich questioning his commitment; If they have then that would just be reinforcement of his disloyalty being equally spread between clubs, as opposed to him being just disloyal to us. Him faking injury when playing for us is bad, regardless of whether he has done it before. Whatever job you do, you should be fully committed and don’t fake injury like Ayala. We could quite easily get relegated because of Ayala’s lack of commitment. That’s unforgivable to me. We’re a mess behind the scenes with Gibson’s decision making, but that gives no mitigation to Ayala’s disloyalty. You might feel different in a few weeks if we slip into the relegation spaces - which is looking very likely. To me, football is an ultra competitive sport in which you give absolutely everything for the club at all times when fit. That’s what set Leadbitter apart from Ayala. You don’t repeatedly fake an injury when needed like Ayala has made a habit of; Well, unless you’re akin to Donald Trump who avoided the military draft 5 times during the Vietnam War as you’re a sorry excuse of a human being that is all mouth and no action.
  5. It is worth noting that Ayala was equally disloyal to Karanka during key times of Middlesbrough FC seasons. To quote a saying: “A leopard doesn’t change its spots”; they just become more apart during bad times (my quote). Ayala is unreliable and dodgy. As a stark contrast, Grant Leadbitter sacrificed himself for the team and the club, leading to him having pain killing injections toward the end of the 2016 season, which led to his and ours biggest achievement with promotion by the narrowest of margins. So if there’s any awards for commitment, it’s for players like him who give absolutely everything for the club. Ayala can bugger off as far as I’m concerned. He deserves no prominent part in our history.
  6. Steve Gibson needs to look himself in the mirror and question whether he’s letting his personal loyalty towards Woodgate cloud his, apparent, objective judgement of an absolutely incompetent manager. Woodgate is absolutely useless. Gibson is seemingly lost in the modern world of football club ownership. I’m ashamed of the performances that we put in most weeks now. Them proud, promotion battling days under Karanka seem a million miles away now. We’ve lost any sort of purpose from the day we sacked him. We undoubtedly had shortcomings under a Karanka, however, we undoubtedly threw the baby out with the bath water. We had a cull and a power grab by the Englishmen kicking out anyone with a Spanish accent instead of a progression that was building upon the undoubted identifiable positives of the Karanka reign. Instead, Gibson is turned into a Tory politician promising the world and delivering absolutely nothing. He pumped out loads of headline grabbing lines like “smash the league” but it just turned into nothing more than a load of hot air and stinky worthless gas. Pass me the vodka. Sack Woodgate now please. The club is being run disgracefully from top to bottom.
  7. We’re an absolute shambles. Firstly, Woodgate should never have been appointed. Secondly, he should not have been kept in the job once he shown himself as being useless. He simply isn’t doing his job. Swansea are playing a similar shape; it’s just Swansea are well coached and we’re a bunch of headless chickens. I’m terrified about the direction the club is heading in.
  8. Yeah I can imagine Ayala wanting that sort of account to come out. However, considering we’re in a relegation battle and we will only be left with three senior CB’s, I couldn’t understand Woodgate - as incompetent as he is - making the decision to leave Ayala out of the remaining games of his contract. He’s our best CB by a significant margin.
  9. His wife is denying that Ayala is refusing to play for us. Given his history of using injuries to avoid playing, it wouldn’t surprise me if he claims that he isn’t refusing to play but that his “mysterious injury” has appeared again.
  10. Karanka had the right measure of Ayala’s character years ago when he questioned his lack of commitment due to the mystery injuries. Ayala has absolutely ruined his reputation here. With him virtually certain to leave us for Leeds anyway, it’s all the more insulting. His wife’s Instagram post is comical. She’s said in the comments that the truth will come out soon... Maybe he’s going to announce that he’s in fact 99% serpent?
  11. The Club have put the highlights of our promotion season online yesterday. It's emotional stuff that certainly gets the nostalgia flowing; What I'd give to have us anything close to that team on the pitch for us. It's such a shame that we're directionless under a novice manager that has so far shown no leadership qualities of note, but Steve Gibson is undoubtedly going to put loads of unfounded faith in him. If you have close to 2 hours to have a nostalgia overload then you should give it a watch:
  12. The team shape and decision making of our team is great to watch. It’s like chalk and cheese compared to how we have played in recent years. If only them good times lasted for a bit longer.
  13. 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.
  14. Where is the best place to buy Football Manager 2020?. Hopefully somewhere with quick delivery?. Amazon prices seem steep.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Phew. Absolutely massive win. Hopefully we can put some steady results together to give us a comfortable end to the season.
  19. 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.
  20. We didn’t burn them!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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