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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6 thoughts to “Mowbray’s Clean Slate Attitude Could Work Wonders

  • Chris

    Can’t see anything happening until we get a few new players in

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  • stuart

    Agree, but at least there will be a bit more effort from players with the gaff in charge. Won’t be long until we see the Scottish lads wanting to prove a point

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  • Paul

    Emnes isn’t back from his “lone” spell for another two weeks.

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  • stuart

    Thanks for the edit Paul – one pair of eyes isn’t good enough theses days. Where did you get your Emnes info from? One of the academy lads said he was back at the Park yesterday!?

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  • timmycelt

    I am a Celtic supporter but i would just like to wish Tony Mowbray the very best at Middlesbrough. I believe he had a raw deal at Celtic. There were many many refereeing decisions (including blatant decisions made by referees rather than just mistakes) which went against him in his time at Celtic and he also had a terrible run with injuries to such an extent that I don’t believe he was ever able to field what would have been his first choice eleven. The press also turned against him very quickly and led a campaign to turn Celtic supporters against him. There is no way he should have been fired when he was. He should have been allowed the time to field his first eleven once everyone was fit and I then believe he would have made a great success of the job. I was disgusted when he was sacked and wish he was still there now. I really hope he does a great job at Middlesbrough and hope that you enjoy many successful seasons under such a fine gentleman and ambassador for the game. I will be watching all your matches with great interest from now on. Best of luck Middlesbrough.

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  • stuart

    TimmyCelt – Thanks for the kind comments about Mowbray. I’m sure we will give him time to get a consistent side working well. Although, football these days does demand instant success. Hopefully we can get a good run together now.

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