My concerns with Warnock is that it will always be a short term one season thing.
Hypothetically, aren’t we just treading water with him? If we pin our hopes on going up with Warnock next year and miss out, we’ve just wasted another year of not building a longer term plan.
Next season Warnock will bring in players but then will not see through the length of their contract, say for example a 3 year deal.
Do we then not risk the problem of a new manager coming in and having to shoe horn square pegs into round holes left behind by Warnock?
For example, Warnock signed a big lad on a 3 year deal. The CB who’s amazing in the air, is trash playing out from the back. Warnock retires and we’re left with the big lad. A new manager comes in who wants to play out from the back and we then have a useless player.
The issue we have with Warnock is that he is approaching this position too late in the day to spend 5 years on a project. He’s the right man but at the wrong time. With the contracts freeing up at the end of the season we have an actual window to plan a new look boro team.
My concern is that we’ll try to please Warnock with some signings but build for the future with an eye on when he’s gone. We then find ourselves in a scenario where we’ve got players who don’t fit a system.
This again underpins how our club is run. With no director of football, there is no one recruiting players to fit a certain philosophy which is how modern approaches appear to be. As a result we recruit based on the managers and find ourselves working with what’s left.
As my toilet time is coming to an end, I would like to reiterate that I want to see a boro team with a clear identity and philosophy that reflects the town. I’d love for us to then see a recruitment model which either brings players through in a certain way OR we recruit players based on our philosophy. Let’s move away from seeing who we can get out of a bad bunch and ramming them into a system and let’s actually scout and find players to fit our style.
Let’s end the cycle !
Tuesday 2nd March 7pm
Cardiff v Derby - H
Coventry v Middlesbrough - A
Huddersfield v Birmingham - D
Millwall v Preston - D
Nottingham v Luton - H
Reading v Blackburn - H
Wednesday 3rd March 7pm
Norwich v Brentford - D
QPR v Barnsley - A
Bristol City v Bournemouth - A
Sheffield Wed v Rotherham - D
Watford v Wycombe - H
Stoke v Swansea - A
Still seems a bit up in the air wether warnock will be here or not, one week he sounds like he wants to stay then he sounds like he’s off. I’m in 2 minds, I can see the benefits of keeping warnock but equally the benefits of getting someone new in.
from the obvious out of work managers there are the ambitious and unlikely options. All did well in the championship but didn’t really help their reputations in the premiership. I don’t think we’d have a chance with any of them but you never know if gibson decides to put up the cash...
More realistic options:
Personally interested to hear people’s wildcard options as there’s nothing to exciting in the realistic but obvious options.