RIGHT, I’M back after my annual post-season lay down in a darkened room. What have I missed? Nothing? I know. Nothing ever happens at this time of year. Football is collectively chilling in St Lucia or Dubai, sprinkling precious stones and piles of cash in its pampered wake while it laughs at us. Me, I’ve been to Preston Park. And Pizza Hut on a ‘two for one’ with the kids. That is the gulf that divides us mere mortals from our heroes.
The week long series Boro’s 40 All Time Greatest Signings I left you to be getting on with is now on-line. Feel free to post your delayed snorts of derision and heartfelt pleas to redo it “and this time include Mel Nurse, Heine Otto and Phil Whelan”.
I was stopped in the milk aisle at Asda and denounced as a heretic by a tattooed stranger because I only made John Hickton 11th. I’ve been called “a doyle” on Twitter for including the club’s all time record signing (Alves). And I’ve been berated over the phone by a opinionated Scotsman who couldn’t believe bargain bin striker Slaven was only ninth! And behind those mercenaries Ravanelli and Merson! Thanks for that Bernie. Still, it kept you all ticking over for a week. Those of you in Gazetteshire anyway.
Feel free to peruse, criticise, suggest reordering the rankings of one or two, question the logic or blast me for the cruel snub to George Boateng, Joseph Job, Dean Glover or your own particular favourite.
In the meantime, while I feel my way back towards full match fitness, a few questions…
In the meantime, while I feel my way back into it, a few questions:
What do you fashionistas think of the new kit? It strikes me initially as a bit Belgium Division Two. I’m sure it will be a grower. And it will probably be a lot better with short sleeves to remove that strange wraparound. And at least the Ramsdens logo has been lifted off the gaudy green wine gum mounting.
Any thoughts on Neil Maddison being appointed as the new matchday expert pundit at BBC Tees? Obviously I am at games so I don’t get to hear them in action. How has he been when he has stood in for Higgy? He’s got a UEFA A Licence so he knows his stuff but can he convey is? Has he got passion and panache? How will he cope with the armchair angry brigade and their default fury?
Who do you fancy of all the players that have been released by Championship clubs so far? Because of the impending impact of Financial Fair Play, scores of decent, serviceable and athletic players are available on vastly reduced wages in what is shaping up to be a summer long medieval hiring fair. Last season’s pick of the battle hardened freebies was Grant Leadbitter. We are looking for maybe three or four more like that this summer. I quite like Chris McCann of Burnley, David Lopez of Brighton and – when reality sets in over his wag expectations – maybe a nibble at Sylvan Ebanks Blake as well. Suggest a few who may “do a job”.
And finally, the BBC are looking for a new Doctor Who and have said “anything is possible” when the cast the new Timelord. I’m nominating Steve McClaren: I think he has the skill set to take Tardis FC into a new dimension and beyond all known horizens. He can stifle the Cyberman’s two thousands banks of four and tactically breakdown the feared Dalek defence. With Bill Beswick as assistant. My second choice as a space/time smiter of evil would be Emanuel Pogatetz. For sure.