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HUGE TASK FOR INCOMING BOSS; New gaffer will need to do more than fine tune.

Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

FINE tuning Fine Tuning is the name of XM Satellite Radio's eclectic music channel. The program director for Fine Tuning is Ben Smith.

The channel is described as "A musical oasis for the sophisticated listener culled from every imaginable genre and country.
 alone will not transform this blunt and punchless Boro side into a team of winners.

Boro's new boss needs carte blanche CARTE BLANCHE. The signature of an individual or more, on a while. paper, with a sufficient space left above it to write a note or other writing.
     2. In the course of business, it not unfrequently occurs that for the sake of convenience, signatures in blank are
 to enter the loan market and try and find the players who can give the team the ability to score goals.

After yet another baffling baf·fle  
tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
1. To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie.

2. To impede the force or movement of.

n.
1.
 defeat, it must be as mentally challenging for the players as it is for the longsuffering fans, to see so much football produce nothing at the end of it.

Boro dominated possession in the second half but created just the one chance, in injury-time.

The fact that Scott McDonald Scott Douglas McDonald (born 21 August 1983, Melbourne, Australia) is a professional football (soccer) player who currently plays in Scotland for Celtic as a striker. After a £400,000 bid from Rangers was rejected in January 2007,[1]  was unable to take it summed up Boro's ongoing nightmare.

It's no fluke that Boro have scored just two away goals all season - and one of those was an own goal.

There's simply not enough goals in this team, full stop.

That's why they have slipped into the bottom three and it's why the new manager needs the opportunity to invade the loan market ahead of the January transfer window.

The loan market in itself is a minefield, as Gordon Strachan
This page is about the footballer and manager. Gordon C. Strachan was indicted in the Watergate scandal


Gordon David Strachan /strɔ:n/ OBE (born 9 February 1957, in Edinburgh) is a retired Scottish football player, and is now a football
 found out on several occasions.

But at least it can be used as a stop-gap as the new manager faces up to some permanent wheeling and dealing wheeling and dealing
Noun

shrewd and sometimes unscrupulous moves made in order to advance one's own interests

wheeler-dealer n
 in January.

Steve Agnew Stephen Mark "Steve" Agnew (born November 9, 1965 in Shipley, England) is an English football coach and former player, currently reserve team coach at Middlesbrough.  and Mark Proctor
Mark Proctor is also the name of the manager of Scottish football team Livingston F.C., see Mark Proctor (footballer)


Mark Proctor is a British racing driver who has competed in a wide range of championship.
 are doing their best to get the best out of this squad.

They've put a greater emphasis on attacking, and Boro had the opportunity to do plenty of that at Carrow Road Coordinates:

Carrow Road is a British football stadium in Norwich, England.
.

But they can't get behind defences, their crossing has been pretty dismal, and they don't have anybody who can make things happen in tight situations in and around the box.

Agnew tried to remedy the latter by giving teenager Luke Williams
For the Musician, see Quinoline Yellow.
For the wrestler, see Brian Wickens.
For the Australian journalist, see Luke Williams (journalist).
 a 90-minute burst in the "hole", and the lad did well with his jinks and ball skills.

But Boro need more individual skills from their squad as a whole and you wonder where it can come from.

And there's a second Achilles heel Achilles heel
Noun

a small but fatal weakness [Achilles in Greek mythology was killed by an arrow in his unprotected heel]

Achilles heel ntalón m de Aquiles 
 which the new boss must face up to.

Even when they defend generally well, it's only for 89 minutes, because Boro still shoot themselves in the foot by conceding a bad, bad goal.

That happened again at Norwich, and was self-inflicted, coming as it did at a time when Boro appeared to have taken the sting out of the home side's early onslaught.

We'll never know where the Boro defence was when Anthony McNamee crossed from the right and Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson were left completely unmarked in front of goal.

Holt still did well to scoop the ball into the path of Jackson, who walloped the ball into an empty net.

Clearly, the marking was absolutely diabolical - yet it was the only occasion in the game where Boro let themselves down.

The goal apart, the outstanding player was once again David Wheater, who made countless clearances, most of them with his head.

Wheater, like most of his team-mates, has struggled for consistency, yet he still takes the eye in virtually every game.

The rest of the defenders also did their jobs. Once the hectic opening half hour was over, Boro made Norwich look pretty ordinary.

However the midfield nightmares continue with Kevin Thomson again limping off, 41 minutes into his second comeback appearance.

Thomson had established a presence in his time on the pitch, which makes his latest setback all the more frustrating.

Skipper Gary O'Neil put another shift in, while Nicky Bailey produced some sterling work too.

Richie Smallwood also took advantage of Thomson's bad luck to show that he is capable of doing a job for the team.

Up front, Agnew decided to leave out McDonald at the start, but Leroy Lita and Kris Boyd made few inroads.

Boyd was eventually replaced by McDonald on the hour mark and it was the Aussie who had the chance to cover himself with glory and save the day for the team.

Boro held the ball virtually throughout the second half, prodded and probed, but looked to have missed out as we entered injury-time.

Then McDonald did well to knock a high ball out wide for Bailey, who made progress on the left before picking out McDonald with the return.

A goal looked certain but McDonald poked the ball wide and the agony continued.

VERDICT BORO'S inability to score goals is a curse which has dogged Gareth Southgate, Gordon Strachan and caretaker Steve Agnew and will cause a major headache for the next manager. Unless this curse is broken, Boro face major problems ahead.

OPPOSITION VIEW NORWICH manager Paul Lambert insists his side picked up three big points by beating Boro.

He said: "We are delighted to win the game and you also have to remember that we were playing against a good side.

"I believe their position in the table is false. They have got good players, good resources, and it will be a good club to manage for whoever they bring in."

Lambert was particularly pleased with his side's reaction following their midweek home defeat by Crystal Palace.

He said: "When you get beaten you've always got to do your best to win the next one and I thought the lads responded really well to that setback."

Lambert made changes from midweek and said: "I decided to freshen it up a bit because I have been using the same group week in, week out and it was good to give people like Wes (Hoolahan) and Korey (Smith) a rest.

"The lads who came in did a great job for me. It was an exceptional cross from Anthony McNamee for the goal and Grant (Holt) did well to pull the ball back for Simeon (Jackson) to score.

"Those are the best goals for strikers, when they knock it in from a few yards out, because it shows they've got into the right place at the right time.

"I was delighted with the performance, especially with the way we defended."

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY What The Papers Say is one of the longest running programmes on British television. The format, consisting of readings from the previous week's newspapers, linked by a studio presenter, has remained essentially unchanged for half a century.  DAILY TELEGRAPH: Simeon Jackson pounced with a tap-in a minute before the break to hand City the three points. Boro, without an away league win since April, nearly snatched an equaliser in injury-time but substitute Scott McDonald fired wide.The visitors will now look to appoint a permanent successor to Gordon Strachan with the fans chanting the name of former defender Tony Mowbray during the game.

DAILY STAR: Boro's stand-in boss Steve Agnew suffered more misery as his team slumped to a seventh successive away defeat to a controversial goal. Canaries winger Anthony McNamee made the chance with a curling cross and Grant Holt squared the ball for Simeon Jackson.He slid home from close range while Boro appealed for offside off·side   also off·sides
adv. & adj.
1. Sports Illegally ahead of the ball or puck in the attacking zone.

2.
.

WHAT THE FANS SAY THE only way out of the current situation is to appoint a manager to unite the fan base: Mowbray. He's the only one that would get time to reshape the team. We''re in deep, deep trouble. The squad isn't good enough. This feels like relegation all over again, and its a battle we're not prepared for. Dark, dark times.

BabelFish IT is important that we get our very own Mr Motivator in, and quick!

HanSolo20x IF you cannot get the ball into the last third of your opponents' area, you're never going to score. Just look at the stats. To hear Marvin Emnes had scored for Swansea just added insult to injury. The lid has got to be shut firmly on this chapter in Boro's history, we are currently the softest touch in the Championship. Apart from locking the gates at Ayresome Park, I've never felt so depressed in a lifetime of supporting the Boro.

Eric Graham FAR too many worrying aspects to address. Strachan's team will need a major overhaul (sounds familiar) in order to stay in this division let alone think about a play off place.

Sandy THE appointment of the next manager is more important than the signing of any particular player: it will decide the direction of the club over the next decade. It is made all the more important by the failure of the two previous appointees.

Nigel (Mumbai). THE appointment of the right manager is more critical than ever. It has to be someone who can inspire, unify, drive, motivate, organise, have tactical nous, knows how to maximise the scant resources that we have and most importantly galvanise Verb 1. galvanise - to stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"
galvanize, startle

ball over, blow out of the water, floor, shock, take aback - surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was
 the fan base into truly being the 12th man.

Redcar Red STRACHAN has wrecked this club with his catastrophic transfer dealings which could mean this club will be stuck in this division for several years. It''s all very well Gibson saying what a gallant gesture it was to rip up his contract... it's the very least he could have done after such a calamitous ca·lam·i·tous  
adj.
Causing or involving calamity; disastrous.



ca·lami·tous·ly adv.
 spell.

James Emmerson STRACHAN'S tenure caused severe damage to the fabric of the club. Where are the "men"? It turns out our best bet now is reverting to the boys.

Werdermouth 9 min: Boro had problems dealing with a corner on the right from Anthony NcNamee. When a ricochet A wireless Internet service from Ricochet Networks, Inc., Denver, CO (www.ricochet.net). Originally developed by Los Gatos, CA-based Metricom, Inc., Ricochet was the first high-speed, wireless Internet service for commuters.  rebounded off David Wheater's arm it feel for Elliott Ward, who blasted the ball over the bar from close range. 20 min: Gary O'Neil was robbed by Russell Martin who made progress on the right before setting up Simeon Jackson, who wasted a good chance by shooting over the bar.

25 min: Another corner from McNamee on the right was partially cleared by Kris Boyd but only as far as Andrew Crofts, who hit a strong drive against the foot of the left-hand post before rebounding back into the arms of Jason Steele.

28 min: Steven Smith crossed from the left, but the ball cleared the goalmouth goal·mouth  
n.
The area directly in front of the goal, as in soccer or hockey.

Noun 1. goalmouth - (sports) the area immediately in front of the goal
 and was picked up by Russell Martin on the right.

Martin's strong shot flew across the face of the goal and Jackson tried to back-heel the ball into the net but could not make sufficient contact and it flew out for a goal-kick.

44 min: Boro were finally undone by another McNamee cross. The winger's long ball into the goalmouth found Grant Holt and Jackson completely unmarked. It was still a difficult cross to control but Grant managed to scoop the ball into the path of Jackson, who hammered it into an unguarded net. 91 min: In the only incident of the second half, Boro should have equalised in injury time. Scott McDonald did well to win a high ball and knock it forward for Nicky Bailey, and then ran in to meet Bailey's return pass. It seemed that McDonald must score but he drove the ball wide of the right hand post.

REF'S LOG Offsides: Norwich 4, Boro 2. Fouls: Norwich 14, Boro 6. Red cards: None.

Yellow cards: McManus (foul on Jackson) 68 mins; McMahon (foul on Lappin) 70 mins.

REFEREE: James Linington (Isle of Wight Noun 1. Isle of Wight - an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel
Wight

county - (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government; "the county has a population of 12,345 people"
) RATING: 8 out of 10 Norwich: 0 Boro:0 Norwich: 0 Boro:2 STAR MEN Wheater .............................. 21 Steele ................................... 9 Robson .................................. 9 Boyd ...................................... 8 Arca ...................................... 7 Kink kink
n.
1. A tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material.

2. A painful muscle spasm, as in the neck; a crick.

3. A mental peculiarity; a quirk.

4.
 ....................................... 6 McDonald .............................. 5 Bates ..................................... 5 O'Neil..................................... 4 McManus ............................... 4 Bailey .................................... 3 Coyne ................................... 3 Lita ........................................ 2 McMahon............................... 2 Halliday..................................1 Hoyte ..................................... 1 TOP SCORERS McDonald .......................................... 3 Boyd .................................................. 3 Robson .............................................. 2 Kink ................................................... 2 Arca .................................................. 1 Lita .................................................... 1 Wheater ............................................. 1 Bates ................................................. 1 Own goal........................................... 1 BORO'S BEST DAVID WHEATER: The Redcar defender's name is burning a hole in this page but once again he was fully deserving of star billing.

SIGN HIM ON RUSSELL MARTIN: The best right-back I've seen all season. Strong into the tackle with a powerful pair of legs who was also getting forward to support Canaries attacks.

RESULTS & TABLE NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP: Burnley 0 Reading 4 (Long 8 pen, McAnuff 64, Antonio 85, Church 90) Att: 14,895; Coventry 3 (McSheffrey 9, Baker 86, Clarke 90) Barnsley 0 Att: 14,573; Doncaster 2 (Coppinger 33, Sharp 42) Sheff Utd 0 Att: 8,985; Hull 1 (Barmby 62) Portsmouth 2 (Nugent 45, Halford 47) Att: 20,378; Millwall 2 (Morison 11, Robinson 49) Derby 0 Att: 12,024; Nottm Forest 2 (McGoldrick 13, McGugan 45) Ipswich 0 Att: 22,935; Preston 4 (Parkin parkin
Noun

Brit a moist spicy ginger cake usually containing oatmeal [origin unknown]
 13 25, Treacy 36, Davidson 66pen) C Palace 3 (Garvan 20, Dorman 69, Vaughan 80pen) Att: 10,116; Swansea 2 (Emnes 50, Sinclair 90) Leicester 0. Att: 14,651; Watford 0 Scunthorpe 2 (Byrne 28, Woolford 45) Att: 12,366.

NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP PW D L F APts QPR QPR Queens Park Rangers (football club)
QPR Quarterly Progress Report
QPR Quadrature Partial Response
QPR Quarterly Performance Review
QPR Question, Persuade, Refer (suicide prevention program) 
 .......................13 8 5 0 25 4 29 Cardiff....................12 8 2 2 21 11 26 Swansea ................13 7 2 4 17 12 23 Norwich .................13 7 2 4 19 15 23 Watford..................13 6 3 4 25 18 21 Coventry ................13 6 3 4 20 16 21 Burnley ..................13 5 5 3 21 15 20 Reading .................13 5 4 4 18 11 19 Millwall ..................13 5 4 4 18 15 19 Nottm Forest..........13 4 7 2 15 12 19 Doncaster ..............13 5 4 4 20 19 19 Derby .....................13 5 3 5 21 16 18 Portsmouth ............13 5 3 5 19 18 18 Ipswich ..................13 5 3 5 15 15 18 Scunthorpe.............13 5 2 6 17 17 17 Leeds.....................12 5 2 5 19 21 17 Barnsley.................13 4 3 6 17 24 15 Sheff Utd................13 4 3 6 9 17 15 Hull........................13 3 4 6 9 17 13 Preston ..................13 4 1 8 20 29 13 Leicester................13 3 3 7 16 27 12 BORO.....................13 3 2 8 12 22 11 Crystal Palace ........13 3 2 8 14 25 11 Bristol City.............13 2 4 7 12 23 10

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