It turned out to be a very disappointing season for Middlesbrough who missed out on a top six finish on the final day of the campaign.
Given the unpredictable nature of the Championship, no club should ever have a divine right to expect promotion and Boro fans would have known it was always going to be hard.
However, they would also have known they have a squad with a lot of experience, quality and one that should be capable of finishing in the play-offs.
Therefore, whichever why you look at it, Tony Pulis underachieved.
Yet, that doesn’t tell the whole story by any means and it doesn’t explain why fans are sure to be delighted with developments that suggest he will leave the club.
Quite simply, if the former West Brom manager doesn’t bring success then he will alienate supporters. We’ve seen that happen at The Hawthorns a few years ago and history has repeated itself with the Teesside outfit.
His insistence on playing defensive, long ball football is bearable if the side are winning but when they’re not it’s a real frustration for those paying good money to watch on the terraces.
Boro rarely had more of the ball than the opposition, relegated Rotherham scored more goals than them and keeper Darren Randolph was the Player of the Year by some distance.
That’s just not good enough for a side who were in their second season at this level since relegation and therefore have much more money and resources than many of their rivals.
To some, winning games can make the sacrifice of watching that dull football worthwhile but when the results aren’t arriving, the outcome is inevitable.
That’s why Boro fans will look forward to the summer with a renewed excitement and optimism once Pulis does go.
As mentioned, there’s no guarantees in this league but even if they are to finish below seventh next season, supporters will hope to be watching a team that has much more ambition, which would make falling short that much more acceptable.
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