Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woody Isn'the Only One Who Should Be under Pressure

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woody Isn'the Only One Who Should Be under Pressure

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PEOPLE ask me if I think Jonathan Woodgate is under pressure and I say he is - but he shouldn't be.

We are 11 games in to the season under a new manager and it is far too early to judge.

I get that the league table doesn't look good right now and I know there have been some woeful performances and, hey, I have been as angry as anyone about them.

And I get that he is the boss and has to face some hardhitting questions and I admire that he doesn't duck them.

But it annoys me when you hear fans demanding we get rid of the manager so soon.

Bernie's Bolt I know that is the way of the modern world and that people complain if there isn't instant success but it annoys me.

I have a lot of sympathy for Jonathan Woodgate. He's a rookie young coach, Boro are struggling at the wrong end of the table and poor Woody is taking all the flak.

He's the one stood out there on his own. He's the one in the firing line. He's the one carrying the can, he is the one having to pick up the pieces.

The squad he has inherited is not good enough and it's not big enough.

He's got no width. He's got no pace. He's got no cover. That's not all Jonathan Woodgate's fault, his predecessors have spent the money and the cupboard's bare.

His hands are tied. It is his first job at the club he loves and he's started it wearing a strait-jacket.

Recruitment has been poor over recent years and that is the elephant in the room.

Bernie Slaven The squad lacks balance and he's stuck with one or two big earners who he can't move on.

I see a lot of echoes in the situation that Tony Mowbray inherited when he arrived here.

They are two great guys who are really passionate about the club, understand the club and love the club.

Maybe if they weren't so passionate about the club they wouldn't have taken the job on in the first place? Anyway Woodgate has to get on with it. Let's just try and get through to January and see if they can do anything to help him out then.

It could be a long, cold winter so button up your coats. …

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