Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gaffer Knows What to Change

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gaffer Knows What to Change

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GORDON STRACHAN knows he needs to change the mentality of the changing room to create a winning team and he will know exactly which players he needs to get that right.

It is not just about what skills and abilities the players have. Sometimes you need to bring players in for their mentality.

If he doesn't think the Boro squad has enough leaders and battlers, then he will go out and bring them in.

A manager needs players he knows and trusts and who understand exactly what he wants and how he plays and will go out and do it for him.

That is why Strachan has gone and brought in the Celtic lads who will know from day one what is expected of them.

That's why so many managers go back and buy a couple of players from their old clubs.

Those players not only know what the gaffer wants in their own game but can spread the word in the squad too, explain to the rest exactly how he works and what to expect. …

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