Well, that was a week that was.
It had it all- heroes and villains, late home pain and away day joy, some scrapping and a sacking.
Here’s the story of Boro’s amazing week in seven chapters:
1.Clatt’s A Free Kick Surely
Five minutes into injury time and Boro are on the brink of beating Blackburn to go joint top of the Championship. Continue reading The Story of Boro’s Crazy Week In Seven Chapters
On Saturday Boro played out a dour 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic. By all accounts, it was a pretty poor effort which lacked the intensity and style that have characterised many of our away performances this season. It’s not a match that will live long in the memory, in fact perhaps the most interesting thing about it was not the game itself, but the reaction on Teesside to the result.
Not so long ago, picking up an away point at a team who’ve just changed their manager and who possess, at least some, premier league talent would have been considered a decent effort. Yes, they were in the bottom three and we had an impressive away following cheering us on but, applying typical Boro inevitablility, that usually means a crushing defeat. An away draw in such a competitive league is always a decent result isn’t it ? Continue reading 5 Ways Boro Can Increase Their Chances Of Automatic Promotion
A year ago today Middlesbrough appointed Aitor Karanka to be their new head coach. He was unveiled at a well attended press conference at Rockcliffe Park. How did he come across? What initial impression did he make? Don’t ask me, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it.
I hated the appointment. Partly for irrational and emotional reasons, associated with sadness and frustration at the dismissal of my Boro hero Tony Mowbray, but for sensible reasons too.
Karanka ticked a lot of the wrong boxes. He had no experience of football in this country, either as a player or a coach. His English was not so much broken as a category A write-off; how on earth was he going to get his message across to the players ? He had unfortunate associations with characters like Peter Kenyon and Jorge Mendes which quite frankly scared me rigid and his last job was assisting Jose Mourinho , the egotistical embodiment of most of the things I hate about modern management. How was this Spanish novice equipped to take over a struggling team, 16th in the league, whose players, and indeed fans. were devoid of belief or confidence? Continue reading 5 Ways That Aitor Karanka Has Transformed the Boro