The 2017/18 campaign brought a lot of promise for Middlesbrough, who were confident of mounting a serious push for a Premier League return following Garry Monk’s appointment as manager.
Monk’s arrival, combined with a number of impressive summer additions saw Boro installed as pre-season favourites for promotion, but Boro’s start to the season has not backed the confidence of the bookies.
Boro currently sit ninth in the Sky Bet Championship table, falling six points behind the division’s top-six following a miserable run that has seen Monk’s side lose three of their last four fixtures.
Monk finds himself under huge pressure at the Riverside Stadium, with the 38-year-old fronting up on Twitter, admitting that he and his side have no excuses for their recent slump.
No excuses from the last couple of games. Our fans deserve much better. We must give every ounce we have this week to produce a reaction.
— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk) December 5, 2017
As expected, Monk’s message has sparked plenty of reaction from Boro’s supporters, with many criticising the man they believed would guide them back to the Premier League.
Here is some reaction…
Sorry why are you still here
— Lee McMullen (@leemcm1976) December 5, 2017
He’s a fraud this bloke.
— Lee Connor (@LWcon86) December 5, 2017
Do something about it then or go. Not just "the last couple of games", performances all season haven't been good enough. Even in the games we have won
— All About Boro (@AllAboutBoro) December 5, 2017
The players have got to take some responsibility for this aswell, Garry is only one man
— Andrew Temple (@temps412) December 5, 2017
Play Lewis Baker then
— Cwatrés (@callumw8) December 5, 2017
Some embarrassing (over) reactions here. Any loyal fan would get behind the manager and the team. Six points outside the play-offs with 26 games to play. Utterly clueless some of our 'fans'. Yes, results and performances have been poor but still plenty of time to fix it. #utb
— Lee Hall (@LeeHall1977) December 5, 2017
— Ben Cooper (@bennycoop14) December 5, 2017
Last couple? We’ve been terrible all season, no commitment, no leadership, no passion.
— Michael Gair (@MichaelTG91) December 5, 2017