Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Back to Winning Ways Is the Very Least Gibson Deserves

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Back to Winning Ways Is the Very Least Gibson Deserves

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Byline: Dominic Shaw Sports Writer dominic.shaw@trinitymirror.com

STEVE Gibson: master mediator.

After four days of utter confusion completely out of sync with what we're used to at the club, the chairman has somehow managed to conciliate the parties, to appease the anger.

That must be the case, for Gibson only ever puts the club first and wouldn't have allowed Aitor Karanka to return if he feared it would seriously harm the club's promotion chances.

This isn't a decision the chairman has taken lightly and comes after an intense day of meetings with key players and backroom members.

It's an unprecedented situation, especially at a club like Boro - a picture of stability - but it's crucial that the door was shut on the disarray the minute the button was pressed to publish the club's statement.

But now, more than an ever, there's a feel that there's a need to take a step back; to assess the position Boro find themselves in; to stress the importance of the reappearance of the side who were swatting away everything in front of them just a couple of months ago.

To speak about salvaging the season seems absurd given the fact Boro have a grip of an automatic promotion spot but issues must still be addressed in the crucial days ahead.

Build bridges The fall-out which led to Aitor Karanka's departure from Rockliffe last Friday isn't something that happens overnight. It was a build-up of comments and actions which left relationships at breaking point off the pitch and a team simply unrecognisable on the pitch.

This didn't come about because of a disagreement with just one player.

Now, though, there must be a collective agreement to put this sorry state of affairs behind them. There's no other option. Bridges must be built and quickly if Boro are to ensure they become immovable objects from the top two.

How to get an improvement on the pitch Once this turmoil has died down, there's a desperate need for a marked improvement in performances.

The situation off the pitch has unsurprisingly taken centre stage but the display on Sunday was equally as shambolic. …

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