Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Now the Hard Work Starts for Adomah

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Now the Hard Work Starts for Adomah

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Byline: Bernie's Bolt with Bernie Slaven Follow us on Twitter @EveningGazette Bernie's Bolt with Bernie Slaven

IT'S great news that Albert Adomah is back off the naughty step and in training with Boro - but now the hard work really begins for him.

Because believe me, when you come back in from the cold there can still be a frosty atmosphere with the gaffer.

That means you have to work harder, longer and better to impress him and the coaches if you want to get make playing again.

You have to work your socks off to get back in the good books and harder still to get back in the team. It can be tough.

Albert should slot back into the squad quite quickly. It's not like he has been out of the loop for ages like Scott McDoanld was under Tony Mowbray.

He's only missed a few weeks and that was an international break when the whole squad hasn't been there anyway.

But it will still be awkward for him.

He will have to expect a lot of ribbing from the players.

They will all be pulling his leg about being told off and sent to bed without supper and making sarcastic remarks about him wearing a dunce's cap.

That's all part of the banter on the training ground but it will all be good natured and it will only be a few days then people will move on.

At the end of the day, he's their friend and colleague and they will all welcome him back.

I know. I've been there. But I also know it is far more difficult to square things with the gaffer. Boy, do you have to work.

I'd been isolated and been training with my boot boy when I had a bust-up with Lennie.

It was a personality difference - he never had one! - but I knew when I got back into the squad I would have to bust a gut.

A football squad is always very competitive. You are mates but you are also battling for a starting place so there are loads of guys in there who want a shirt - YOUR shirt! …

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