Before Middlesbrough face Sheffield Wednesday tonight, much of the attention from manager Tony Pulis has been surrounding the scheduling of the fixture.
The Welshman has been complaining that the turnaround after the international break is too soon for his squad, as they should have been playing on Saturday but had the fixture rescheduled.
The former Stoke manager had said that his side had ten players out on international duty, while The Owls only had one. While he certainly has a point, and is something that the league should look into for the future, he is also making himself look fairly foolish.
Very rarely has a manager described the fact that they had ten international players compared to the opposition’s one as a bad thing. While they may be disadvantaged slightly, it is also a clear indication of the strength of Pulis’ team. He should be grateful that he has a squad with so much quality, and get on with it when something like this happens, complaining is an insult to the other managers in the league.
Even Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay said that Middlesbrough are one of the best teams in the league, something that has been abundantly clear from the beginning of the season. Pulis’ reaction is not something that his own fans, or the opposition’s, would want to hear.
The Boro head to Hillsborough this evening knowing a win would send them to the top of the Championship, although that may only be briefly with other rivals yet to play.