A Fresh Start For The Boro?
By Derek J. Gaffney
Monday 13 Jul 2009 08:40:00
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As pre-season training begins for football clubs up and down the country. New strips are revealed, debated and then purchased.


Optimism strikes the air as football fans begin to ponder which pre-season games to attend to get themselves back into shape and how they feel their team will fair in this coming season.


Despite our relegation we as Boro fans are no different. In many ways it has to be seen as a fresh start for the club and we as fans have to adopt this same attitude, time has moved on and we have to allow this fresh start a chance to develop.


This season we will need to be fitter than previously with no fewer than 46 league fixtures to contest, so maybe we'll need to attend more than our usual quota of pre-season friendlies to meet these demands.


Give this regime another chance, it is all I ask, I know we always do but just until Christmas to see were we stand at least.


The club appears to already be taking a different shape from the one which finished the previous campaign. Changes are being made in many an area. We have already begun to remove some of the deadwood from the playing staff with Ross Turnbull and Graeme Owens departing, more will surely follow.


We have made two signings bringing in Mark Yeates and Danny Coyne. With no disrespect to either they are Championship players with Championship credentials, signed for Championship fees on Championship wages.


We now need Gareth Southgate to develop a back bone and discipline and maybe sell the players who feel they can turn up for pre-season training as and when they wish. A fresh start is not only about confidence, discipline has to be key. Fabio Capello has shown this with England.


The recent debt reduction announcement shows we are a club with a fresh outlook in an ever changing financial environment and this only bodes well for the future.


The little things that change are important too. New strips and strip manufacturers breed new life into the fans, plus changes in the backroom staff show the fans that last season was far from acceptable.


More changes are likely to happen in the coming month before the season begins and hopefully we won't make too many changes.


A fresh start has been made, come on one and all, let’s think positive for the season ahead and let us hope for a promotion winning season ahead.


Time will tell if this is a fresh start, but we've had our hearts broken before, please Boro not again!!


Written by Derek J. Gaffney.


Read Derek's blog at http://gafferssportsblog.wordpress.com

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