This might be controversial, but I'd like to see us name a stand after Jack. I think that would be far more fitting for our history and heritage than the current N S E W designations. Not sure who we'd name the other three stands after, but a fan poll by MFC would probably come up with the right results.
My memories of Boro were as a muddling spluttering Championship Club (Division Two in them days) that were always close but we knew that we would never be promoted and to be honest didn't expect it. Outside of the top two but somewhere in the top eight or even six and that was Boro.
Big Jack came in and suddenly there was an entirely different atmosphere around the place. Here was a winner, a fighter, someone that wanted to win and be a winner. The story of the White Band and introducing it meant that in a dull world of lookalike kits suddenly Boro stood out. Colour TV's were becoming the norm for those who could afford them and for those still viewing in Black and White (as I was) those few minutes of Boro on Sunday telly suddenly shouted out to you that Boro were on the box!
The success that followed was as unbelievable as it was incredible and had the Club been better run at a higher level it should have been built upon. Regardless of all that because of Big Jack everyone knew who the Boro where.
Just read the article, Warnock has given his ideas and the recruitment team are going to have a look. Therein lies the problem, our recruitment team are ***. British players with no resale value in coming.
In essence I think thats exactly how it would have to work. He has already said that Spence can go right to the top and if I was Djed's father I'd be telling him to listen to the old guy and take in everything he tells you. Players with the type of ability that Djed is starting to show glimpses of can go way of the rails (he only has to look at another Player in the current squad to see how talent alone isn't enough) unless they are managed and nurtured correctly. Coulson, Tav and the others could all benefit from his pearls of wisdom and if they are that good I don't think NW would shoot himself in the foot by not involving and developing them. At this level they are top end Championship at the very least with the potential to be far better. Young players also benefit from having a few old seasoned pro's around them.
We know and Warnock knows that he won't be a long term Manager due to Father Time so its an ideal opportunity for him to prove himself once again but at Boro he also has a unique situation in his career. Previously he would manage a club for two, three, four years and get the boot as all Managers do, its the nature of the game. With him at the helm we won't be in the mess next season (assuming we survive) so a remit that involves longer term development after he is gone doesn't have the immediacy of his previous roles. Planning for the next Manager that "follows on" from him should be a part of that role so that we evolve and stop pinging around from one extreme to the next with Management appointments. Just to be clear #ABW.