There are 8 Managers in the Championship the same age or even younger than Woodgate (40 years old), thats a third of the Division he is operating in. To me a young Manager is a 23 year old fresh out of Uni. Football is different to Industry, at 40 years old you are a grown man with a few miles on the clock unlike a University graduate and shouldn't be prone to being naive through a lack of experience. By all means there is a lot to learn in any new role but you have been learning (or should have) in the Industry you are managing in by being exposed to different Managers and different tactics for probably the best part of twenty or more years. Alex Neil and Lee Johnson are both two years younger than Woodgate at 38. If you are entering a management role with a handicap which affects the business then perhaps Horse Racing or Golf is a better profession to take up. Not everyone can be a Manager, it takes a lot more than just being a good worker in an Industry to have the skills, Bobby Charlton is probably the best example. Being very good at a particular job be it a shop floor operative or a footballer doesn't necessarily equip you to be a Manager. To me there is a very basic problem in that I don't see the traits or characteristics that would remotely consider me to think Woodgate would be a successful manager. Of the four Clubs beneath us in the Championship only Cowley is the same age as Woodgate, the others are all older.
I only hope the media are reporting on a brilliant BORO performance after taking 3 points at home and NOT crowd trouble.
Regardless of performance I don’t think the crowd will not turn on Woody simply because they hate Leeds more, I think there will be some solidarity and a lot of passion.
I am not going for a win but I have a gut feeling a draw is quite likely. I’m expecting a decent performance and if we kick off well, the crowd will get behind the players and carry us home.