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They say Good Guys always win, but I'm afraid this is one example of this definitely not being the case.
Steve Gibson, recognised as one of the best Chairman in football, who sticks by his managers, through the tough times against fly by night Mike Ashley who buys Newcastle on the premise of making a fast buck.
Ashley parachutes in Wise and a number of other highly paid wastes of space, alienates a decent manager and insults the fans, renames SJP, promises much in the way of finance and delivers nothing. Along the way he appoints four managers in a season and is rejected by at least as many again and he upsets the clubs icon. His team is relegated, and he offers the club up for sale to anyone who can raise a third of his investment, yet the players stay, the fans by and large stick by their team despite cries of the opposite, and low and behold they are all but promoted by February.
Gibson on the other hand plays everything with a straight bat, but has to offload players as his personal fortune is obviously depleted. He has to sack a good manager because the gates are dropping despite being in the top three of the league. Boro fans desert in droves, causing even more financial problems. And there is no realistic chance of the playoffs never mind automatic promotion, but Gibson sticks by his club because he is a life long fan and not just a chancer.
Some times it pays to be an arrogant bastard it seems because good guys don't always win.
Fair comment KHT.
No-one could hav expected to be where they are now or for the season to have gone as well as it has done/ PURE LUCK! Certainly nothing to do with Ashley's stewardship ofr business acumen.
But Gibbo seems to be too romantic . He falls for these characters, Robson,Mc Laren, Southgate and then Strachan.
Really they have done nothing apart from a ride on wave of luck (Robson and McLaren) and when that run's out its belly up.
The Hull Chairman seems to suffer from the same affliction Phil Brown replaced by Ian Dowie???? What's the thinking process behind this???
The thinking process behind Strachan is the waffle and the images somebody being succesful in the SPL. (The guy who too West Brom down is going to get runner sup place and place in Europe !! WTF!!
For my money a decent manager sitting around is Steve Coppel - but you're stuck with GS until the gates start to drop and he get the boot like Darlington after the appointment of International superstar. Liverpool player Steve Staunton
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Southgate seemed to me like he would have become a good manager. Boro was his first team and for 2 seasons he did a good job. Then last year Boro went on a real bad run as did Newcastle,Hull and a few others. This season Southgate got the sack even though Boro were in the play off zone and about to go second!
Really,at the start of the season Boro looked good and like they were going straight back up with Newcastle. They would be where West Brom are now if he'd been left alone but just like the 'Dowie thing' at Hull it was a total f**k up and it wouldn't be a surprise if Boro remain in the Championship for a long time now!
I'm sorry but others stayed with their managers and went straight back up,Boro didn't and I think it's going to have a bad affect on their chances of ever getting back to the Premier League.
At the start of the season Boro were still a Premier League team(like Newcastle).
So to sum it up West Brom have taken Boro's place and Boro will become something like Coventry,Ipswich,Charlton,etc.
BIG mistake to let Southgate go! He had a team that was going straight back up and now the team is a f**k up instead!