Any Boro fan who genuinely believes that things are going to get better in the January transfer window, are either deluded, intoxicated or on the border line of insanity.
How can things get better when you are selling your best players, yet again in the month of January, while you are lying joint 4 bottom in the championship.
If you are in trouble like we are and are selling for whatever reason, you are looking for more trouble.
I have been in Teeside 25 years in October, and I have interviewed managers of the past, only to find similarities in our situation as a football club as it stands today.
I remember interviewing John Neal, who arrived at Middlesbrough in 1977. He was forced to sell Graeme Souness, but he accepted it because it was circumstances, but he did admit it was disruptive, he also sold Mills. After selling those players, he started to get things back on track, only for the board to decide to go over his head and sell one or two which he objected to. He was quoted as saying, ” they sold quite a few, but there was a reason behind them, but when they just started selling my players that i wanted to build into a championship side, the writing was on the wall. Craig Johnstone went to Liverpool Mark Proctor went to Notts Forest. When I left they also sold Spike Armstrong.”
I also recall interviewing Malcolm Allison, manager in 1982 (god rest him), and asking when he was been forced to sell his best players to enable him to finance the clubs debts, he was quoted as saying,” Its better for the club to die than to linger on.” I asked what did he mean? To which he replied, ” Well they were selling all their best players, they were just killing off the club. Amer did it, McCulluch did it, the people love their football, how can you sell your best players, I don’t understand it.”
I then asked him, these days its a business isn’t it Mal to which he replied “It has always been a business.Mike McCulluch told me he didn’t have the money, I in return said if you don’t have any money you shouldn’t be chairman then.”
The one condition that Big Mal joined the Boro was that they would not sell any players that he didn’t want to sell, unfortunately the goal posts moved.
As a Tony Mowbray fan, I have to question his sanity joining the club, he knew we were struggling under Strachan, he must have done his homework and known the majority of players were not up to scratch, and he must have known in advance that he would have to sell his best players in January. They say love is blind, it must have been on this occasion.
Moggas job is made three times more difficult, been forced to sell his best players.
As I have said in the past its the manager who gets the sack.If we falter or get relegated, Moggas CV wont look as appealing
Theres no doubt its not only Mogga who is making the decisions, but Im afraid its only Moggas head that will roll, just ask Gareth Southgate.