Support & Report – Norwich v Middlesbrough

Part of a series of blogs I wrote for TheSeventyTwo Football BlogTheSeventyTwo

It’s been a hectic week at Middlesbrough Football Club. A 2-1 defeat to Leeds, a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest and going down 1-0 to Norwich rounded off an awful seven days as a Boro fan. It also left us in our worst league position for over 20 years. And, sandwiched in between this horrible run of results, we found time to lose our manager.

Whether Gordon Strachan actually resigned or he was pushed into resignation is still unknown, but fair play to the “wee ginger one” as he rebuked any compensation owed to him. Instead, merely leaving us with some sort of Old Firm reserve team.

Norwich away is one of those fixtures that put off Boro fans, not due to our abysmal away form this season but simply as it’s so difficult to get to. Six hours and three changes later we arrived at Carrow Road, the home of the best food in the Football League.

Optimism wasn’t high amongst the travelling supporters. Many, including myself, had already written off accruing any points until we appoint a new manager. Especially sickening was, when a goal down, we heard that Marvin ‘Project’ Emnes had rattled one in on his debut for Swansea and been involved in a second.

This was the player that we paid £3.5million for and that Gordon Strachan only thought worthy of one half of football throughout his reign. The Norwich goal, which turned out to be the winner, was a result of some comical schoolboy defending. Remember the scene in Fever Pitch when Colin Firth teaches the kids the Arsenal offside trap?

Rumours are rife in Middlesbrough about who the next manager will be. I’ve had texts from people adamant that an ex-England international was seen in a local strip club and that Jose Mourinho has been spotted trying to get on a bus for a half fare. My personal favourite involved a perma-tanned ex-manager being forcefully removed from the local tanning salon for trying to use expired sunbed minutes.

Joking aside, after another away day defeat it’s vital that Steve Gibson makes the right decision when appointing the next manager. If he goes with the fans at Norwich and appoints the ‘local hero of 1986’ in Tony Mowbray, then it may be time to break out the peroxide and a shirt I last wore when I was three.