Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchliffe says he admires the way Jonathan Woodgate is trying to play entertaining attacking football at Middlesbrough but he believes he will need an upturn in results soon.
The former Manchester City and Everton defender thinks that pressure on the Boro boss could mount if things haven’t turned around by Christmas:
“If they’re in the top six it’ll maybe be a little bit easier for him, I can’t see them being up there, because it will take time to implement because it is such a big change, with a lot of younger players in that Middlesbrough team as well.”
“I think it’s great Middlesbrough have gone down this road but I’m looking at around Christmas time/New Year, depending on where they are the Middlesbrough fans might say we’re enjoying the football, but we’re not winning enough games so the pressure will ramp up on him.”
Middlesbrough currently sit 18th in the Championship table after six games, but they put in a very good display against Bristol City in the 2-2 draw at the weekend.
The Robins went into the match on a three-match winning streak and in the top six, but Boro had more possession of the ball, and came from one-nil down to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second half.
With the number of young players that Woodgate is blooding into the first team setup as well, the manager will need time to get things right at the Riverside Stadium.