2009/10 Championship Preview: Middlesbrough

Last updated : 16 July 2009 By @blades_mad1889

Tuncay Sanli: relegation can be tough!

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Relegation from the Premier League is always tough to bare, particularly when your Premiership reign has lasted a decade; they were promoted as runners-up in the old Nationwide League Division One during the 1997/98 season after only being their a year.

They had a woeful season last and it was only a matter of time before they, along with Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion were rubber stamped into this seasons Coca-Cola Championship fixtures.

However they have a youthful manager in former England, Boro and Aston Villa defender Gareth Southgate who has delved slightly into the transfer market and has brought in Danny Coyne (Tranmere Rovers) and Mark Yeates (Colchester United) in low budget transfers.

Though he has lost Ross Turnbull (Chelsea) and Graeme Owens (Kilmarnock) who have found pastures new; but undoubtedly new players will come with the likely-hood being Danny Webber whom was released by Sheffield United.

Having being plunged from the league above they are without question one of the few firm favourites to win promotion back to the Premiership; it may have taken them just one attempt to regain top flight status the last time they were in this situation but this time round will be tougher.

They look like losing big name players such as Stewart Downing, Mido and Tuncay Sanli which will no doubt rock their strength on the pitch; they should be okay with a play-off position if they can keep memento.

Blades-Mad Predicted Finish: 4th (play-offs)

Betting Odds:

2008-09 Players Statistics

Player NamePositionDoB#AppsGoals
Hoyte, Justin
Defence20 Nov 1984222 (+6)0
Taylor, Andrew
Defence01 Aug 1986322 (+6)0
O'Neil, Gary
Midfield18 May 1983433 (+2)4
Riggott, Chris
Defence01 Sep 1980519 (+1)0
Pogatetz, Emanuel
Defence16 Jan 19836331
Digard, Didier
Midfield12 Jul 1986819 (+8)1
Mido, Ahmed Hossam
Forward23 Feb 198396 (+9)5
Aliadiere, Jeremie
Forward30 Mar 19831032 (+2)3
Emnes, Marvin
Forward27 May 1988114 (+17)2
Afonso Alves, Martins
Forward30 Jan 19811228 (+7)7
Huth, Robert
Defence18 Aug 19841427 (+1)0
Shawky, Mohamed
Midfield05 Oct 19811514 (+2)0
Tuncay, Sanli
Forward16 Jan 19821733 (+4)8
Downing, Stewart
Midfield22 Jul 198419432
Arca, Julio
Midfield31 Jan 19812017 (+4)0
Turnbull, Ross
Goal04 Jan 198521230
Jones, Bradley
Goal19 Feb 198222220
Bates, Matthew
Midfield10 Dec 19862618 (+2)1
Johnson, A, Adam
Midfield14 Jul 19872814 (+19)2
McMahon, Tony
Defence24 Mar 19862914 (+1)0
Wheater, David
Defence14 Feb 19873137 (+1)2
Steele, Jason
Goal18 Aug 19903200
Porritt, Nathan
Forward09 Jan 19903300
Bennett, Joe
Defence28 Mar 1990340 (+1)0
Owens, Graeme
Midfield01 May 19883500
Johnson, J, John
Defence16 Sep 1988360 (+1)0
Franks, Jonathan
Forward08 Apr 1990370 (+1)0
Hines, Seb
Midfield29 May 1988380 (+1)0
Williams, Rhys
Defence14 Jul 1988390 (+1)0
Grounds, Jonathan
Defence02 Feb 19884030
Walker, Josh
Midfield21 Feb 1989413 (+7)0

* Statistics up to and including 26 May 2009