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Keeeping the Faith


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By Borofan - Footbal Network
February 9 2009

With Boro's winless streak extending to a grand total of 13 games, it seems that the board has come to the decision to keep faith in the current regime. Little has been heard from Gibson or Lamb about the current state of affairs at the club which has seen us sink deep into the relegation battle, and it would appear that the board believe the current set up are what is best for the club.

Recently there has been talk (albeit gossip for the most part) about the state of debt surrounding the club, with the figure being quoted that the club are 85m in the red - a lot of which is however owed to the chairman, Gibson. As fans it has become noticeable that there is some serious cost cutting going on around the club, particularly in the last 8-12 months when the phrase we must 'cut our cloth' was used. With the club's current plight I have even heard rumour from fellow fans that the club would seek parachute payments from relegation to help sustain our future, yet this is barely believable when you consider the loss of Premier League revenue the Boro would receive.

Boro's only signing of the transfer window was Marlon King, which likely had no impact on the wage bill at all with Mido going the other way, the fact of the matter is that we as a club seem not to be able to afford any further than we have done. To be honest when you look at our attendances in the league (although this is highly emphasized particularly by followers of other clubs) it is evident that in our last home match at the Riverside we just scraped over 24,000 fans. In contrast, during the Robson period of the late 90s it was sell out after sell out, with excitement high, something that is lacking in 2009, and has been lacking perhaps for a good few years. This lack of ambition (although you would be hard pressed to get them to admit it), seems to be evident in the board too.

I hope we manage to stay up this season but it was noted by Gibson and the board that 'one day this town will have a club it can afford', and it seems on our current form that day will come sooner rather than later.

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Down by the Riverside
Keeeping the Faith
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09/02/2009 16:22
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10/02/2009 13:28
I think a lot of us signed up to the new model of bringing through young players from the academy, and bringing in one or two hot prospects from eastern Europe. It sadly just doesn't seem to be enough.

I think we can be pround of what we're trying to do, but there must be lessons from teams such as Wigan.

It's all a bit flat after the excitement of the mid-1990s, and even McClaren's heavy weight forward line - hard to motivate the paying public to come through the door.

I hope we haven't sewn the seeds for being a sustainable Championship team rather than a decent Premiership outfit.

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