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Grumbles Down Below

Grumbles Down Below

Grumbles Down Below


It's common knowledge in football, that a manager in his strategy will often rest players when a game of secondary importance has to be played just prior to a game, let's say in the later stages of the FA Cup or a European competition. There is nothing new in this, and other teams as their luck goes, are affected to their advantage or disadvantage.


What then is to be made of the attack on Gareth Southgate, by Premiership bottom-feeders Warnock, Curbishley and Pardew, for Gareth's team selection against Manchester City? It all becomes more nauseating when you consider their own performance as managers.


I think we're entitled to ask them where they stood before the game on the matter of Middlesbrough's chances. Gareth, who I believe to be an honest man, genuinely thought he could win, and the bookies agreed with him by making Middlesbrough odds on favourites. What's more, the national press were unanimous in the forecast of a Middlesbrough win, as were all the Sky pundits.


The truth is that the grumbling trio were led to childishly attacking and blaming Gareth by their own egos and bitter disappointment in their absolute certainty that Middlesbrough would be beat a troubled Manchester City. Well hard luck boys, things change, and I can't wait to hear what you'll have to say about Glen Roeder's team selection at the weekend.

Bob Walsh


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Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Thursday March 29 2007
Time: 5:24PM

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Spot on Bob. All of the managers mentioned have fielded weaker teams when it has suited their club's predicament. I don't see why Boro should have had to jeopardise their season to look after other clubs. After all if Sheff Utd had managed to beat a weakened Chelsea they would still be above us.
31 years
29/03/2007 18:19:00
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I don't know what all the fuss is about Sothgate only left two players out Woodgate and Arca with Viduka on the bench where he has been on a few occasions this season. I wonder if they will make the same noises when they know we will be without Richards, Ireland, Sun Jihal and Beasley due to Internationals this week.
alphieblues
29/03/2007 18:38:00
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a team selection is a mangers choice, others should just but out.
EvertonMike
29/03/2007 18:49:00
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I agree with EvertonMike, Its up to the Manager who gets picked, and all the other managers should just keep to their team and get their noses out of places where their not wanted, wat happens if Boothroyd knows his watford team is down, and rests some players if they play sheffield united.... i cant see Warnock complaining then!!!
amcollinz
29/03/2007 19:03:00
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also agree its where the managers priorities lie
MOYES IS GOD
01/04/2007 23:52:00
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