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.
Whilst I normally get really excited about transfers, I can’t help but feel we are going to make mistakes of buying Warnock type players and make the same mistakes as Pulis did. When Pulis left we were left with players of “a certain mould” who either fit or didn’t fit in.
Whilst I’m happy for Warnock to judge the characters of the players, if he isn’t managing next season, I hope he wouldn’t influence our recruitment of the players. It’s a fair enough point to say we don’t have an out an out central defender who can “defend”, but what if the new manager / coach wants his centre backs to both be ball playing defenders? We then run the risk of buying a player and waste money on them if they are not to be used.
For me, we need to get survival asap. Once done, we need to thank Warnock and look for a long term appointment. Once established, we need to let them come in and have the freedom to build a squad in their vision that the club and fans can all get behind. This will take time and hopefully the next 3 seasons will see us challenging for the play offs once again.
What we cannot afford to do is get it wrong and go back to the drawing board as we have done since Karanka left. Pulis and Warnock are not long term appointments for a football club. Woodgate was too inexperienced for the job both long and short term, so we need to find a happy medium of experience and shelf life.
Huge loss to us and football his impact on us still resonates today as the man who introduced the white band he truly immersed himself in the community visited almost every school in the area visited the big local shows and events never really saw his like again. Few managers ever 'got' Boro but from what you hear from older fans and read Jack Charlton definitely got us I'd give him a stand.
Warnock in Gazette today talks about club having forward thinking defenders but not a defender defender. I think we might see a no nonsense old school CB being targeted this summer if he stays on. Not sure if Ben Gibson falls in to the category for Warnock.
Looking at his previous clubs he had Sean Morrison at Cardiff, Chris Morgan at Sheff Utd, Richard Woods at Rotherham etc etc.
I feel a Dani Ayala with a better injury record (and some might say attitude) would be a Warnock defender.
He was before my time but my dad regularly tells me about Jack Charlton.
You know someone is a legend at your club when you know all about his time here despite fact you did not exist when it happened.
RIP big man.