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‘Promotion beckons’, ‘Praise the lord’ – Many Middlesbrough fans were right to predict big things for Neil Warnock



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Rewind’ series, this content strand is where we rewind back to a particular moment at a club, assess the initial reaction from the fans, and then proceed to evaluate and reflect on whether fans were right to react in that way….

Middlesbrough are looking like the real deal under Neil Warnock.

The Teessiders are on a mammoth 10-match unbeaten run that stretches back to the middle of September when the club were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Barnsley.

With Middlesbrough firmly in contention for a top six finish it has got us thinking about a time just under five months ago when Warnock inherited a side that were genuine relegation candidates.

In this FLW Rewind we take a look at how a handful of Middlesbrough fans reacted to his arrival, with many pointing to the impact that he would no doubt have on the club’s fortunes.

There’s no doubting that Neil Warnock faced a massive task when he took over from Jonathan Woodgate in the latter stages of last term.

Middlesbrough were conceding goals for fun and were facing a real crisis in confidence as they sleepwalked right into a relegation battle.

Using every ounce of his managerial experience Warnock was able to keep the side in the Championship, before overseeing a complete overhaul of the playing squad ahead of this term.

That transfer business has seemingly done the job and the 71-year-old has now built a battle-hardened side who are capable of picking up results against any side in the division.

Warnock came with a reputation of being one of the most successful ever managers in the Championship and it certainly seems that Middlesbrough’s ability to bring him in in a time of crisis is paying dividends.

North East-based EFL writer and aspiring author

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: ‘Promotion beckons’, ‘Praise the lord’ – Many Middlesbrough fans were right to predict big things for Neil Warnock

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