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  1. Never in a million years did I see him going up against two physical centre backs, in a team who is not adverse to knocking it more direct and him holding his own. He got in front of his marker and used his strength and held it up. I always knew he had goals in him. That was not in question but I never thought he had it in him to put in that type of performance. Hold my hands up, eat that humble pie and admit I was very very wrong about his ability to play up front on his own in a Pulis team. Fantastic performance Paddy.
  2. All of those players apart from Rhodes, Nugent and Fredericks would challenge strongly for a starting place in our team.
  3. I disagree. The issues I have with him relate to the previous two seasons. I stand by everything I posted just now. Feel free to pick out points you disagree with and give me some reasons behind why you disagree. I am certainly open to the idea of changing my mind.
  4. :D :D :D I enjoyed reading that. Good points made from most. A bit of dummy spitting by a few who can't seem to grasp the notion that others have different opinions to them. I will happiuly clarify my main points. Steve Gibson has not bankrolled this club as much as people claim. A lot of the money he pumps into the club is written off by Bulkhaul. Accountants are very creative you know! Granted he will have still invested a substantial amount of money when we were floundering in the Championship due to the poor decisions HE made. However, the figure won't be anywhere near the amounts being quoted by those who see him as untouchable. That said, I will not and have not criticised him for his financial support to the club over the years. He has, for the most part, retained a steady ship and kept the club on a sound financial footing. The issues that I have with him are simple. Over the past two years or so he has spoken to the media when it is time to sell season tickets. Pre-Premier League season he proclaimed that we would have a real go and that we were not just going to be there to make up the numbers. We spent relatively nothing in the summer and did not spend much in January either. That the signings were woeful, ill-thought out and not suitable for the immediate situation is another argument entirely. The fact is that we did not have a go at staying in the league, we did not show ambition and we were just there to make up the numbers. Fast forward almost 12 months and Steve Gibson is once again in front of the press in super positive mode proclaiming that we want to smash the league. Excitement once again gripped Teesside, players left for big money, £170 million worth of PL revenue was banked and we brought in a number of players that were solid rather than spectacular. The most exciting arrival was Assombolonga who was proven in the Championship but had never done anything at a higher level. When the seasons transfer opportunities finally ended in January we had a net spend of just £4.5 million. When you look at how poor the signings were and how wasteful the recruitment team were bringing in so many similar players in areas that we did not need strengthening then it really does come as no surprise that we have had a poor season. The second issue I have with him concerns ticket prices, particularly in the PL. The cost of a season ticket was increased by around £100 despite there being four fewer games to attend. This came on the back of years upon years of financial struggles on Teesside. Struggles that were highlighted by Steve Gibson himself. He regularly identified the financial problems being felt on Teesside and said that he both empathises and sympathises with the sacrifices made by Boro fans in order to follow the club they love. At £570 ( I presume that was for the most expensive ticket) we had the 6th highest ticket prices in the league despite coming from the poorest area. When TV revenue is so ridiculously high and the % of revenues gained via ticket sales are so low, is there any need for the fans to pay as much as we do? Gibson admitted he was aware of the struggles felt by supporters but then increased prices. This season in the Championship, average season ticket prices are the 6th highest in the league but I can at least understand it a little more. TV revenues are not as high, we are one of the bigger teams and we thought that we would be spending big money in order to give us a great chance of going back up. It has not happened that way and to be honest there are no guarantees in football. You buy a ticket and take your chances. However, this is the second season in a row where we have been one of the top 6 most expensive clubs to follow in the league, the second season that we have, in relative terms, hardly spent anything. The only thing that I would concede to and would admit that I was wrong to suggest it is wanting him to sell up. I am big enough to hold my hands up and admit that I could have worded that better. Instead of the title of this thread being "put up or sell up", I think a more fitting title would be "put up or shut up". If he does not have the ambition or the intention of making this club successful then fair enough. Do not talk nonsense to sell tickets and don't make claims that you have no intention of backing up. Additionally, you might want to practice what you preach and look at ways of reducing ticket prices. With them having such little impact on total revenue and the net investment in playing staff being so average there really is no need to keep charging the supporters such a high price when you already know how hard times are in the area. To summarise, we are in a fortunate position to have a chairman like Gibson. Fortunate in the same sense as many other clubs in the league are. Less fortunate than supporters from clubs like Wolves and Villa and more fortunate than clubs like Sunderland. Steve Gibson is not a villain but equally he is not untouchable. Some of you would do well to recognise that. Thanks for listening! :P
  5. Haha apologies, I have been away working. Just arrived home an hour ago, quick shower, breakfast and then minibus to Sunderland at 10.30. Seems to have sparked a good debate so I will have a look over the next day or two. UTB
  6. I am open to discuss the error of my ppinions. Can you highlight what you do not agree with about my opinion of Gibson? Would love to be exposed as a bedwetting drama queen!
  7. Tis the truth, however hard it is for me to write these words, Steve Gibson needs to get his act together or clear off.
  8. I have touched in this numerous times and this is not by any means a knee-jerk reaction resulting from losing against a very good and well organised Cardiff City side. The facts are that our chairman charges the supporters one of the most expensive tickets in the league. He claims to be one of the fans, one of the people, a local boy done good who is in touch with the people of Teesside. Really Steve? You have banked millions from the fortunes of this football club. Granted, you have brought brief spells of exciting times but since you took control in 1994? the vast majority of seasons supporting this club have been dull and insipid. You need to either put your money where your mouth is and fund the ambitions of the supporters or sell the club to someone who is prepared to invest. A £4.5M net investment to fund a promotion push after selling so many players, banking so much TV money and charging your loyal fans so much money to watch their team each week is acceptable is it? Spend some money, stop talking bull**** and fleecing your fans or **** right off.
  9. Its long overdue. I am going for 5-1 with Britt or Rudy bagging the opener depending on who starts. £2 on it at around 400-1. It will be interesting to see if we get to see Besic in the side today. His added pace, strength and mobility may allow us to push more players forward safe in the knowledge that he is there to stop counter attacks. In my opinion we have been crying out for a player like him for quite some time. The lack of mobility in the middle of the park has restricted us going forward with real intent.
  10. It would take too long to list them all. Don't even get me started on smaller sized clubs! I'm sure I read a post earlier containing a message suitable for this... oh yeah: Burnley, Leicester, Bournemouth, Watford, Palace, Brighton, Stoke, Huddersfield, Southampton, Swansea, West Brom, Wolves, Cardiff, Villa, Fulham, Norwich, QPR, Reading and Hull are all similar or smaller clubs that have shown more ambition than us in the past decade. Sure there will be more that I have missed out. Hope that helps you understand a little more. I started writing out a long, well researched response to prove that very few if any of those side can be fairly said to have shown more ambition than us in the past decade. But then I realised I have better things to do with my life than bother arguing with someone who is inherently negative and pessimistic. So I am going outside to play in the flowers and to enjoy my life while I still have it. If you want this to be a sign that you win, then please, be my guest. Hey! wilsoncgp! "I'm sure I read a post earlier containing a message suitable for this... oh yeah" :D :D :D :D :D
  11. It would take too long to list them all. Don't even get me started on smaller sized clubs! I'm sure I read a post earlier containing a message suitable for this... oh yeah: Burnley, Leicester, Bournemouth, Watford, Palace, Brighton, Stoke, Huddersfield, Southampton, Swansea, West Brom, Wolves, Cardiff, Villa, Fulham, Norwich, QPR, Reading and Hull are all similar or smaller clubs that have shown more ambition than us in the past decade. Sure there will be more that I have missed out. Hope that helps you understand a little more.
  12. Excellent value for money. Good to hear. And can I ask how you feel about Steve Gibson’s stewardship of the club? Particularly in the last decade? Wildly ambitious. Could you illustrate similar sized clubs, with a similar sized budget that have demonstrated more ambition in the past decade, please? It would take too long to list them all. Don't even get me started on smaller sized clubs!
  13. Excellent value for money. Good to hear. And can I ask how you feel about Steve Gibson’s stewardship of the club? Particularly in the last decade? Wildly ambitious.
  14. The players that left will have been on much more than the players brought in so in fact he has saved a fortune on wages. I wouldn't say he has given it a go this season. If I was marking him on ambition this season, taking into account the £4 million net spend, it would have to be a 5/10.
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