Christmas 2017 was an interesting time for Middlesbrough fans, as their club made a shock decision to sack Garry Monk the day before Christmas Eve, and replaced him with Tony Pulis on Boxing Day.
Monk had just overseen his side grind out an impressive 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, with the manager having no idea of the goings on behind the scenes while he was facing the media explaining how the win would be a “springboard” and something to “build on”.
But just hours later he was dismissed, and it did not take long for Boro’ to announce Pulis as his replacement.
Describing the task at The Riverside as a “real challenge”, Pulis compared it to when he first arrived at Stoke.
Chairman, Steve Gibson said he was “excited” at the appointment, and “delighted” that he had agreed to join them.
But 16 months on, it is fair to say that the appointment has not quite gone to plan.
Boro’s season is imploding around them, with a win at crisis club, Bolton Wanderers, on Tuesday, ending a six-game losing run, which has seen them virtually throw away any chance of making it to the play-offs — something that looked a formality a couple of months ago.
Fans were never convinced by Pulis’ appointment, and it was inevitable that as soon as a bad run arrived, the blame would be pointed in his direction.
When he was announced as the new man in charge, there was plenty of reaction on Twitter, from both Boro’ fans, and those of Pulis’ previous clubs, and with things not going well at the current time, from the comments in 2017, no one can say they were not warned.
On behalf of all West Brom fans i am sorry, so very sorry.
— ZacWBA (@ZacG_) December 26, 2017
You sacked Monk because the board didn’t like his style of football and then sign the most defensive coach in English football at least you won’t get relegated
— Jimmy (@Jimmy_G_87) December 26, 2017
Let’s hope the club shop have plenty of baseball caps
— Cleveland Football (@ClePolFootball) December 26, 2017
A decision you will come to regret over time as he sucks the life out of your club. Forget creativity, goals, attacking football – its defend for your lives from now on
— Sarah Robinson (@sarahrobbo11) December 26, 2017
Complete dinosaur,you’ll defend him ,you have to,ripped the soul out of Albion.#goodluck
— tony noke (@truebaggie) December 26, 2017
@mcwd Anti football confirmed
— Jordan Leigh (@Jordrl66) December 26, 2017
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