TONY Mowbray has gone. He was sacked earlier this evening by Steve Gibson. Mark Venus has been put in temporary charge and wil lbe given the chance over the next few games to stake a claim for the job with a more robust, back to basics approach.
The details are on the Gazette website now.
The move was sad but inevitable, Not only had the boss lost the crowd with the defeat at Barnsley but also lost momentum with a stuttering start to the campaign after splashing out in the summer.
Mogga is a fantastic bloke of great integrity and passion for the club who really put everything into the job… but it wasn’t working out and Steve Gibson has acted with a heavy heart to salvage the season and prevent the manager being roasted alive by angry fans. With Financial Fair Play, gate money is king and the club really can’t afford thousands of supporters to stay away, no matter how sincere their intentions.
With gates and points return falling behind target something had to be done..
The brief outlines of the situation is on the Gazette website now. Myself and Phil Tallentire were invited down to a brief meeting at Hurwiorth earlier this evening. The chairman had just left his fateful meeting with Mogga and he was tortured over the move,
He was full of praise for all the work Mogga has done since picking up the debris left behind by Gordon Strachan.- behind the scenes as much as on the pitch but realised that it had not been translated into the results expected.
Gibson remains totally committed to getting the club into the Premier League and has not given up on this season and believes – as many on here do – that the team is better than results have suggested, that currently they are less than the sum of their parts and that a different approach can improve results sufficiently to yet gatecrash the play-offs.
Obviously we asked a lot of questions about how and when the decision was made and about the succession, about future finances and the overall strategy and direction of the club. We asked about potential candidates and we can rule out a few names that will inevitably pop up. The name ‘Neil Warnock’ made him choke on his pint. And suffice to say we won’t need to stock up on Tony Pulis baseball caps in the club shop either.
We have a lot of background to go into the paper over the next few days.
Personally I’m gutted for Tony Mowbray who for me remains a club legend and a bloody good bloke who has down a lot of excellent remedial work on a club that was falling into disrepair, work that will stand the next boss in good stead.
Now I’m going to get my tea.