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Exclusive: Andy Campbell issues stern Middlesbrough warning and delivers Woodgate verdict

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Andy Campbell has issued a stern warning to Middlesbrough’s hierarchy, saying that no club is too big to be relegated.

The Teessiders have made a horrendous start to the Championship campaign having picked up just 17 points from 19 games so far.

Following a heavy defeat against Leeds United on Saturday, the Reds are sitting just one point above the relegation zone with a tricky run of fixtures coming up throughout December and January.

But a question mark remains over whether Jonathan Woodgate will still be in charge come the New Year.

Reports in The Sun have claimed that the former defender could be sacked and replaced by Neil Warnock, however according to Teesside Live, that is not the case.

But as is the way in football management, Jonathan Woodgate is certainly under pressure after winning just once in 11 games, and speaking exclusively to Football League World, Campbell says that Middlesbrough must take their current situation seriously.

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He said: “I thought it was the right time for Tony (Pulis) to leave.

“The brand of football is irrelevant, it’s a results-driven business and the results that Tony picked up were absolutely fine.

“He probably overachieved with the football and the way that the club were. They got into the play-offs and with a little bit of luck they could have gone up.

“Once he left we were in a situation over who the next manager would be.

“The Cowley brothers were mentioned and Slavisa Jokanovic but the club were going down a different route and wanted a cheaper option and Woodgate got the job.

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“I went to school with Woody so I’ve known him for years and years and I really hope he succeeds.

“I know he’s found it tough up to now and I don’t think all of the international breaks have helped him, but at the same time it’s a results business.

“The club needs results because no one is too big to be relegated. Other teams have done it in the past.

“I’m a Middlesbrough fan, I’ve been critical in the past of how results have gone but it’s only because I’m passionate about the club and I want them to do well.

“I look at that squad and it’s good enough to be in the top 10 or the top six and we’ve massively underachieving.

“I don’t know why that is.

“Is it because players are out of contract? Or is it because the manager isn’t good enough? I don’t believe that’s the case because the people who are in charge there are good enough to have those players playing well.

“I fully expect them to shoot up the table once results start picking up, but no one has got the divine right to win a football match.

“Something has got to give soon, and I just hope that he doesn’t lose his job because it could finish him as a young manager forever.”


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