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A word for the fans, Steve?

IT'S time to talk. It is time for the chairman to make a state of the nation address.

Boro have been on radio silence all season.

What was pencilled in as a title-chasing season by the best resourced team in the Championship has drifted onto the rocks.

Now crowds have collapsed, confidence is rock bottom and apathy reigns without a word from the powers that be.

January left the squad weaker with two big names ushered anxiously out to be replaced by players either not fit or not ready for the full-on rigours of the Championship and with the boss making clear there is no room on the wage bill for any more loans arriving unless one can be shifted first.

Tony Mowbray has been working wonders but has made clear he is hampered by the lack of cash.

And with every week the parlous financial situation of the club is further underlined.

But poor Mogga shouldn't be weighed down with explaining the finances at every turn.

That is a task for those higher up in the club with more knowledge of and more responsibility for the situation.

In the absence of any communication from the top in the six months since Gordon Strachan went and the season was written off, the vacuum has been filled with lurid rumours and malicious gossip about imminent liquidation and anxiety over the chairman's long term commitment and plans for the summer.

Now it is time to calm those fears and take the media heat off Mogga.

It is time for Steve Gibson or Keith Lamb to face the public again and explain where we stand as a club - and how prepared we are to climb from the current trough.

On the day Strachan was sacked the chairman was due for a Q&A on Radio Tees.

That was postponed given the events of the day but he pledged to return soon to take questions.

He should make that soon.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2011
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