Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Are Paying the Price for Their Promotion Gamble

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Are Paying the Price for Their Promotion Gamble

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BORO will pay a high price this month for being ambitious.

The club's over-riding need to move on its better paid players, allied to finding cheaper replacements, is the result of failed Premier League aspirations.

The impending departure of some of the top players, who Boro had hoped would have been guiding the club back to the top flight, will leave the squad lacking in experience.

But it's a self inflicted wound, all caused by the club's search for success.

Boro have thrown millions of pounds at the two Championship campaigns in the bid to make a rapid return to the Premier League.

This was particularly evident during Gordon Strachan's reign where players were brought in on good salaries - particularly from Scotland.

Kris Boyd, the SPL's all-time top scorer, is believed to be the biggest wage earner among the Boro new boys.

The Scottish international has scored five goals for far this season - and has not started a league game for Boro since mid-November.

Hard cash was laid out to bring in Scott McDonald (pounds 4m), Stephen McManus (pounds 1.8m) and Barry Robson (pounds 600,000) from Celtic, and Kevin Thomson (pounds 2m) from Rangers.

Nicky Bailey, (pounds 1.4m) from Charlton and Tarmo Kink (pounds 600,000) from Gyori are other new additions who have bolstered the wage bill.

Not that there are among guaranteed departures from among this list.

Any, and possibly all, of these players may yet survive the cull and in their own way have something to offer the club in the future.

But Tony Mowbray must accept inflated offers for any of his players over the next eight months.

It's not just the new men, it's also the survivors from the Premier League days like Gary O'Neil, Julio Arca and Marvin Emnes.

Basically too many players are taking home Premier League wages and the club is finding it hard to make ends meet.

The players are doing nothing wrong. They are merely honouring their contracts. …

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