Despite playing unglamorous bottom 3rd outfit Yeovil at The Riverside on Saturday, it was interesting to see chairman Steve Gibson, current chief executive Neil Bausor, former chief executive Keith Lamb and former Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon all cosying up to each other in the directors box. Why would such distinguished guests turn up for a relegation dog fight?
Maybe I’m just reading into things to much, maybe they are just connoisseurs who love their football.
In the game itself we got off to the worst possible start, conceding after 4 mins, but we dug deep and went on to score 4.
I was delighted for Mogga it relieves a wee bit of pressure, great to see Kamara grab his 3rd goal in a Boro shirt.Butterfield oozed a bit of central midfield class something which we have been lacking for quite some time.
If both teams would have taken their chances, it could have ended up 8-3.
Last week I was surprised to read Mogga’s quotes via Sky when asked about the missing fans.
“I am only interested in the fans who are there, to be honest” He said.
The following day via the local rag,The Evening Gazette he retracted his quotes and said.
“Of course I care what the fans think, it’s the 15,000 and beyond the match day crowd, the 50,000-100,000 Boro fans out there who really care about the club that really matter.”
What I found a bit contradictory is when he said.
“Message boards and phone ins don’t matter to me, they are just a snapshot of a group of people who writte letters or speak on radio shows.”
I have to remind Mogga that the people who have phoned myself via the Three Legends show or the Bernie does the Boro the alternative phone in, are in the main Boro season ticket holders and they should matter.He went on to say.
“Whenever I go into a football club, I go in to build long term, for me it’s the only way to do it. Some managers don’t choose that approach, they don’t care about the kids, they don’t care about the academy, they don’t care about who is coming through, they just build a team to win.”
For me signing players the age of Woodgate 33, Whitehead 31, Richardson 30 and Kamara 29, it doesn’t look to me as if he’s building long term and last season bringing in Keiron Dyer was farcical.
Letting players like 20 year old Reach and 21 year old Main,go out on loan,from the outside looking in it doesn’t look like he is looking after the academy kids. I would love to know what they thought when Sammy Ameobi who was a similar age and not any better went straight into the first team.
Is Caryoll better than Reach,was Ameobi better than Reach,are Varga or Butterfield better than Williams? Im yet to be convinced.
Ben Gibson has broken into the first team and has done well thanks to Williams suspension and Jonathan Woodgates injury. Don’t forget he was out on loan at Tranmere for long periods and his Boro career looked to be fading away. With a stroke of luck and fortune he has found himself in the first team, lets hope he can become a permanent fixture.
Other youngsters that have been isolated from first team action are Cameron Park,Richard Smallwood.For me it’s now or never for these youngsters, to stamp their authority and become first team regulars. It’s not as if the current crop are pulling up trees. Don’t forget this group of youngsters are not really youngsters they are all now in the 20 plus bracket.
Many years ago that was part of the course for a young pro to be farmed out to another club to get games under his belt, toughen up and return ready for first team action.
Tony Mowbray sees these guys on a regular basis and wants these lads to show him, they have what it takes to affect games in the Championship week in and week out.
In my opinion for them to achieve this, they need a run of games in the first team.
It’s an international break this weekend, lets hope we can bring in a player or two.
Next up its Barnsley away,and it’s a game we expect to win. Despite our victory against a poor Yeovil side,Mogga will be aware he continues to walk a tightrope.
The only way to relieve the pressure, is to win games on a regular basis, something we have not achieved for quite sometime.
Everyone knows the rumours were rife in the stadium last Saturday, that Mogga would get the bullet if we lost. When I saw the clientele in the directors box, I feared the worst.
I’m absolutely delighted Mogga and the team got the result, let’s hope our fortunes are going to change for the better and my old team mate will be here for many years to come.