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Mowbray glad that Gibson understands
IN STEVE GIBSON, Tony Mowbray is relieved to have a chairman who understands the long-term rebuilding work the manager has carried out on his Middlesbrough team.
Mowbray is coming up to three years in the job at the club where he began his career, and with Nigel Clough’s sacking from Derby County last week, became the longest-serving boss in the Championship.
While he has failed in his last three attempts to get into the Premier League, and his side sit 19th in the table without a win since August, Mowbray has repeatedly insisted that his work at Middlesbrough is a long-term job.
In the season after Middlesbrough’s relegation from the top flight in 2009, Gareth Southgate and then Gordon Strachan were provided with the funds to ensure a quick return to the Premier League.
In 2010, Strachan was able to attract Kevin Thomson, Scott McDonald, Kris Boyd and Barry Robson on large wages, and when results did not go their way, Mowbray came in and was given a huge firefighting task to reduce the wage bill year on year.
The signings of Dean Whitehead, Jacob Butterfield, Kei Kamara and Albert Adomah gave Boro a different dimension this season and Mowbray feels that the summer was the first time he had the opportunity to stamp his own identity on what he feels was someone else’s team.
Mowbray suggested that managers working for foreign owners are not given so much time to make an impression, but under Gibson, Mowbray has been allowed to rebuild the squad from the Premier League days to work within a more sustainable framework.
“Instant success is required, there are a lot of foreign owners in the Championship that see the Premier League as the golden egg, where all the money is, and the only reason a foreign owner would buy a Championship club would be to get to the Premier League,” said Mowbray, whose side host Yeovil Town this afternoon.
“The social media aspect of the modern world does not help managers, in that there’s a platform for everybody who thinks they can do the job and has an opinion to publicly tell people if they want to listen. People lose their jobs in football because the owners decide enough’s enough.
“At this moment my chairman understands the problems I’ve inherited. He doesn’t like the results as I don’t like the results, but as long as you have a clear picture of where you’re going to go and how quickly you’re going to get there, then I think fine.
“Every club I’ve been to I’ve tried to build some longevity into it, I don’t necessarily shoot for short-term gains, we’re trying to do that here. We’re trying to build a team that, once we get to the Premier League, will be able to stay there and compete.”
At Derby, Mowbray believes Clough’s task was a similar one to his own on Teesside, and hopes that supporters can see the bigger picture rather than his side’s results which, this season, have been disappointing.
“There are jobs getting done behind the scenes, and things that have happened, that people don’t understand,” Mowbray said.
“How things have moved on even though the only thing they see is results and tables, and yet Nigel Clough hugely reduced the wage bill at that football club from when he took over, brought through some young players who are now high-value, players like Will Hughes. Maybe that club as an example was ready to push on this year.
“I could argue a very similar story at this club.
“For three years having a wage bill that we needed to reduce, with this summer being the first one where we’ve been able to add and build from a point of stability and getting a squad we feel can grow, and yet to judge that squad after ten games?
“You’ll have your own opinion on whether that’s right or wrong. I feel this team has got bags of potential, bags of speed, goals, creativity, destructive qualities. I think it’s a team that, given the time, could do well in this league.
“We’re in the results business, I do understand that, but I do have a chairman that has been in the game a long time, not a chairman who has been here two minutes.”
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