Middlesbrough chiefs are ‘not panicking’ regarding Jonathan Woodgate’s slow start as manager.
That’s the view of Teesside Live’s Boro Editor Dominic Shaw who has been discussing Woodgate’s future at the club.
It’s been a far from ideal start to Woodgate’s reign as manager after picking up just 13 points from 16 in the Championship so far.
That has left the club sitting in 22nd place in the Championship table and facing the realistic possibility of a relegation dogfight.
The next few weeks could be pivotal for the Teessiders as they look to decide where their ambitions lie – and whether it’s a case of re-calibrating for what could be a bumpy ride in a relegation battle.
Shaw was taking part in a live Q&A session for Teesside Live when he was asked about the future of Jonathan Woodgate and said that the time for making excuses was over.
He said: “‘We’re not panicking,’ – that’s the word coming out of the club.
“Boro chiefs share Jonathan Woodgate’s view that performances have been better than results and have seen promising signs that an upturn is around the corner.
“Those above the boss point to missed chances, injuries and some decisions that have gone against Boro – those fine margins that are so often talked about.
“Now obviously nobody is happy with the league table and with the way the first few months of the season have gone. This wasn’t part of the plan.
Is Jonathan Woodgate under pressure as Middlesbrough manager?
“The performances against Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham were unacceptable. End of. But Woodgate has got a reaction out of his players and displays have been a lot better since then, though admittedly the bar was low.“But equally, the message in the summer was patience. The club knew this wouldn’t be an overnight fix, an overnight success. They knew it would take time and it would be a bumpy road.
“After the break Boro need to stop taking positives from games and start taking points. Hull and Barnsley are huge.”
The next few weeks are certainly crucial for Middlesbrough.
With fixtures coming thick and fast over the next two months, Jonathan Woodgate’s side will be hoping to use that hectic schedule to get some quickfire points on the board.
In order to do that the Teessiders will need to be confident of getting results, and that’s where the experienced nature of some of their players will be key.