• Middlesbrough Message Board

  • kht20 kht20 Apr 22, 2008 16:46 Flag

    Lack of Consistency

    The fact that there has been no new posts or topics in the last few days suggests we are ALL in a state of shock!! Steve Gibson comes forth not only with fine words on strengthening the team but with a great offer for younger fans in terms of season ticket prices for next season and practically begs supporters to get behind the team next season. Southgate echoes this and promises new players in certain positions. But with a team that came close to beating Chelsea, and ,more than held its own against Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool, we can't beat Bolton on our own ground.

    We need to win over the respect of the media, particularly the broadcast media and the only way we can do this is with success on the field. Gibson is praised as probably the best Chairman in the Premier League and Southgate as one of the best of the crop of new managers who will one day be a candidate for the England job. I don't have any argument with any of those premises. Millions are invested in expensive players, but still we lose quality players to sides on paper not really betther than ours.
    Can it be that the backroom is not good enough? Of course some players are past their best and need replacement but do we also need a reshuffle in the training staff. Does a loyal player necessarily make a good coach. Do we need to cast the net wider when looking for support staff for the manager. I used to scoff at the role of a Sports Phsycologist, since we lost ours, I am now not so sure I was right to scoff.