Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro 'Disaster' but Hope for Gibson

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro 'Disaster' but Hope for Gibson

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Byline: Mark Douglas

OWNER Steve Gibson admits Middlesbrough's season has been a "disaster" - but feels under inspirational new boss Tony Mowbray his club is finally coming out of a four-year "dip".

Despite heavy investment over the summer, Boro's inability to mount a concerted push for promotion this season has left the Teessiders with a huge rebuilding project to embark on in the close season.

That would have been a daunting prospect a few months back but after a Mowbray-inspired upturn in fortunes of late, there is once again optimism rebounding around the Riverside. And for Gibson - speaking at the Sir Bobby Robson charity golf day at his own Rockcliffe Hall resort yesterday - that is partly because the club has found the perfect managerial match.

Surmising the season, he said: "In the main (it) has been a bit of a disaster for us but it has ended with a bit of hope.

"We invested heavily on transfers and wages, there's not just one reason why it hasn't happened, there's many reasons.

"Gordon worked his socks off for this club and it didn't happen for him but you will not hear anyone at this club knock Gordon Strachan.

"We were very lucky to have Tony Mowbray available at that time and I think it's a great match and we are very comfortable with it. Tony, the town, and everyone at the club seems comfortable with it.

"You don't always get what you deserve in football but you mainly do. Over the period of Tony's management we have been unlucky at times. recently we have won a little bit of that back.

"During Tony's time, we have amassed points would have normally had us in contention for a play-off spot. That's a great step forward from a team sitting two points adrift of a relegation spot. I am relieved." Careful to avoid hyperbole with a long summer of restructuring ahead, Gibson believes a play-off spot should be the aim next season.

And for the future, he feels Middlesbrough will benefit in the long-term from a more viable business plan. …

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