Former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says that his former club are likely to rely upon the creative skills of Stewart Downing in order to get them through in the Premier League campaign.
After being promoted back to the top division after more than five years in the Championship, Middlesbrough will want to retain themselves as one of the top 20 clubs in England at all costs. It was the reason behind bringing in Downing back to the Riverside stadium last season. It indeed proved to be a great decision as the England international was instrumental in getting the club back to the top division.
Stewart Downing’s initial years as a football player kicked off with Middlesbrough as this was the club where the English performer made his debut in the Premier League and this occurred back in April of 2002.
After making over 180 appearances with Middlesbrough, Downing opted to join a different club as he went on to make a move to Sunderland on a loan deal before eventually signing a permanent deal with Aston Villa.
From there on out, Downing went on to perform with Liverpool and West Ham United as the English player made his way through various clubs but the experienced performer has made his return to Middlesbrough.
Aitor Karanka says working alongside Jose Mourinho in Spain; he understood that straightforwardness is very important when you are coaching a team.
Karanka moved from Spain to England with Mourinho in 2013, but, the two joined different clubs.
While, Karanka landed his first management job at the senior level at Middlesbrough, Mourinho renewed his association with his former employers at Chelsea.
As per Karanka, he saw Mourinho always be honest with the players without worrying if somebody was getting offended by his straightforwardness and he liked that quality.
This year, Karanka would be in direct competition with Mourinho for the first time as his team is in Premiership now.
Chris Waddle believes that Sheffield Wednesday should sign a player such as Stewart Downing if they want to get promotion
Former English player Chris Waddle has stated that Sheffield Wednesday should make some serious recruitment during the summer if they are serious about being promoted.
He said that they need experienced players in the team and that they should follow the example of Middlesbrough.
Just as Sheffield Wednesday, Boro was beaten in the play-offs last year and instead of letting themselves down, they made some brave decisions by signing important players such as Stewart Downing. Waddle believes that Sheffield Wednesday should do the same if they want to earn promotion next season.
Aitor Karanka made no attempts of hiding his displeasure after the dismissal of one of the goals scored by his side yesterday which saw the Blues holding Middlesbrough on a draw.
An absolutely furious Boro boss refused to accept that it was one of the general errors made in the on-field calling.
According to Karanka, he would have taken it just as a mistake if it had been the only case of his team having to suffer such a decision. But, because such cases have been quite frequent in the recent past and at the same time, the other frontrunners in the Championship have been having a slightly softer route; he is forced to believe that the perspective of the match officials regarding Middlesbrough is different.
Stewart Downing has dismissed the idea of Middlesbrough throwing away the Championship title with some undesirable poor form towards the business end of the campaign.
There are only eight matches left for the top teams in the Championship. However, just two victories in five league outings means that Middlesbrough have dropped six points behind leaders Burnley at this crucial stage. Even though it still places them second in the table and with an automatic promotion spot to the Premier League, there is an air of disappointment after having dominated the campaign for so long.
When players get transferred to different clubs, they usually want to join a club which is competing in a bigger league which has more well-known stars and into a league which is considered to be more competitive but this doesn’t happen in all cases, there are some occasions when players join a lesser known team and this is what happened with Stewart Downing as the English midfielder made a move from the Premier League side West Ham United to the Championship club Middlesbrough.
Stewart Downing is more than happy to have made a move from West Ham United to Middlesbrough and this is due to a number of reasons which he pointed out during a recent interview.
Stewart Downing believes it would not be easy for Everton to get past his team Middlesbrough in the Round of 4 in League Cup.
Middlesbrough, bubbling with confidence at the moment having eliminated the mighty Red Devils in the quarters, will face Everton at the Riverside Stadium.
Despite the fact that it would be their home game, Boro would not be the favourites going into it.
However, according to Downing, the opposition should be concerned of them considering their performances of late.
The 31-year old winger, who had struck successfully for Middlesbrough in the penalty shootouts against Manchester United the other day at Old Trafford, said, “Everton is a strong team, but, it would take them their best game if they are to emerge victorious on Tuesday.”
A theme that is starting to appear this season is that teams from the lower half of the table are getting good results against the top teams.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes that this is partly because both teams no longer have the fear of travelling away to big teams like Chelsea and Manchester United. This aspect has also been contributed by the demise of top clubs like Liverpool and United in recent seasons. Manchester City, on the other hand, have grown much stronger. Home teams have been struggling with time in this campaign. This fact was reiterated by the home losses suffered by Chelsea and Liverpool just before the international break.
Stewart Downing has spoken about the poor form suffered by West Ham in the second half of last season.
This was largely responsible for the exit of Sam Allardyce, which became apparent for several weeks. The manager was not sacked, but he rather let his contract expire and left the club on a mutual consent. Allardyce had been at the club for the last four years and was responsible for getting them back from the Championship into a position of stability in the top flight. He was also the manager who brought Downing to Upton Park and gave him a new lease of life.