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Magnificent Seven Pre Match Interview: Boro

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1. Nine games into a new Premier League season and Middlesbrough are in a mid table position. How's the form?

Our form is up and down at the moment. We had a great start to the season and then had a bit of a blip against Portsmouth, West Brom and Sunderland. We've had some mixed fortunes in front of goal and also at the back. After the draw at Blackburn I'm hopeful that we will gather momentum now because we have two home games in a row.

2. How did you rate Boro's transfer dealings this past summer?

I was pleased that Southgate showed the door to all the deadwood in the squad. That was needed. He also added young talented players. Didier Digard looks a good signing and Marvin Emnes has shown he has pace and creativity to become a good player. The Luke Young transfer was understandable because of the money we received but it has made us vulnerable down the right hand side since his departure. Justin Hoyte is still young and will become a better payer once he plays more games.

3. What's your viewpoint on Gareth Southgate's performance as a manager? Can he take you higher?

Southgate has a plan in motion and so far has proved he is more than capable of taking Boro onwards and upwards. It's never going to be an overnight success story because we do not have the funding like other teams have, no mention of Man City.

4. Here come Manchester City five months after you pasted us 8-1. Smell the fear or relax with a beer?

That result was a 'one off' and will never happen again. Your team will be up for this game and will cause us problems with your pace and flair. Relax with a beer!

5. Who of Manchester City's relatively young squad would you love to see in a Boro shirt and who would you like to send us in a part ex?

100% Robinho! We have longed for a creative midfielder since Juninho. I look at Robinho and think he has the same skills and pace that the 'little fella' had when he was playing at the Riverside. You can have Gary O'Neil, he gets you zero goals a season and likes to play the ball backwards more often than forward.

6. YOU are the new Premier League Chief Executive. You have been granted three measures / ideas which will go unopposed by all 20 clubs to improve the top flight game in England. Choose them wisely...

The first one would be to have video replays at games and so referees get things right.

The second would be to limit the teams to only 10 foreigners in a squad. This would encourage the British players to come through.

The third one would be to limit the foreign payers to 5 in a team for a match. It would be beneficial for the English game.

7. Go on then. Wednesday night's result?

I will go for a home win. We have players returning at the right time, which is unusual for us because we normally start to get injuries this time of the year. We can start to get a run going with the next two home games so sorry, I think we'll beat you again but it will be a lot closer this time around.

Many thanks and respect going out to Stuart and the Vital Boro team.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 28 2008

Time: 11:53AM

Your Comments

Another belter of an interview, IMHO. Easily one of the best we've had.
Johnny Baguette
I'm glad the Boro fans are showing ongoing support for their young English manager. I think Southgate is doing a good job for them. But their expectations are to be mid table. And we have to beat teams like that.
Sindbad
Fair sentiments Sinbad! Still hope we tonk them tomorrow though! LOL!
oliverblue
LiveonSat.Com says the game will hardly be covered TV wise so I'll be with Hinchy and Hugh on the radio through MCFCTV.COM
Johnny Baguette
I'll do a bit of internet surfing and see if I can find a live TV feed. If I find anything i'll add the link to the Match Day Thread on the City Forum.
Tudor
he seems very confident that they will beat us again, only by a closer result.........I think he may well have got it "slightly wrong"....
lincolnblue
Had some bad times on Middlesboro trips. High time we slayed a few ghosts.
Johnny Baguette
"I think we'll beat you again but it will be a lot closer this time around." LOL Dont see it happening!! I know its an away game but anything less than a victory ill be dissapointed. Positive of a comprehensive win.
ArabianKnight
I dunno....anything can happen. Not enough consistency to warrant too much confidence. I think we might just edge it. As long as the gaffer don't pull another tactical blunder (ie Hamann instead of Elano?).
Old Mother Hell
Elano really getting it together OMH. another win would set us right up for the big games to come!
Johnny Baguette
 

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