Tony Mowbray is set for a long winter as Middlesbrough’s new Manager. The former Boro defender, with his tough-tackling attitude as a player, has to tackle the problems that Gordon Strachan and Gareth Southgate left behind. The news that Mowbray had been given the nod as new boss last week was certainly no surprise to most fans, the biggest surprise in the days that followed were a home defeat to Bristol City and the news that Marvin ‘starvin’ Emnes is back on Teesside following a loan spell at Swansea City.
The Boro boss has insisted that he will give every player a chance to shine at the club and try to make an impact on the first-team. With that clean slate attitude we could actually benefit from players wanting to impress and get themselves in the starting line-up. Marvin Emnes is a great example of someone who was left out in the cold when Strachan took charge last year. The Dutch winger was a live-wire when he first arrived on Teesside in 2008 but has since suffered the dreaded fate of being signed by a manager who has since left the club.
In a recent interview with the local press Mowbray confirmed that he will give all the players a fair crack of the whip before he decides on a settled side for the forthcoming fixtures:
“I’ve got to give everybody a chance. It doesn’t do any harm to look at everybody in the squad.”
Whilst it is a worrying time for Middlesbrough fans at the moment, it is quite refreshing to think that things can’t get any worse for us at the moment. The table doesn’t lie and we are at the bottom for a reason – so hopefully Mr Mowbray can dig us out of this hell hole and get us climbing the mountain we now face.
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