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Monny Tested Boro's Resolve

The capture of Stewart Downing shows Monny can be a stubborn man when he identifies his targets, and his determination to get them.

Speaking on the official site today Monny revealed that he did try and tempt Downing in the January window but Boro were adament they weren't going to let him go.

Unless my brain has gone didn't they turn down a bid upwards of 12 million in January but I don't think it was from us?

Comments from Southgate today also confirmed that Monny had been a long term admirer of the player and implied that the deal done this window was better value for money than it would've been earlier, and even Monny conceeds grabbing the player whilst on the mend has helped to keep the price down.

'I think he is an excellent player. He is obviously an exciting signing. The main drawback is that he won't be fit for a few months and of course, that's a problem.

'But I think that affected the fee because we feel we managed to buy an excellent player at a good price. Over the next four years, I believe he will prove very good value.

'He is someone I have been interested in for quite a while. We enquired about him in January but Middlesbrough said 'absolutely no chance.'

'Now, I think his injury has definitely played a part because I think if he had been fit and available to play immediately, there would have been a host of other clubs in for him. We could have been involved in an auction.

'At the moment, we will take our chance and accept that he won't play for quite some considerable time. We acknowledge that.

'He is naturally very down about the injury at the moment because he played a lot of consecutive games for Middlesbrough. But we're hoping when everything is ready he will prove to be the top quality acquisition.'

The main topic of talk is obviously where does he fit in. I don't buy the lines that Downings arrival means Ash is off, either this window or January, so you would expect Downing on the left, Ash to go right and Milly in the middle maybe. Or if all 3 are accomodated in the same squad, do we see the return of Ash to the front two?

All we can be sure of is Downing won't be turning out at right back and we now have competition for Ash's place and alternative options that could and should help us develop a plan B.




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Date:Friday July 17 2009

Time: 4:02PM

Your Comments

"He is an excellent player. He is obviously an excellent signing... I believe he will prove very good value." Marty's critics need not say a thing, as he has, with his own words, demonstrated why the only way from here is down.
Albarnista
"He is an excellent player. He is obviously an excellent signing... I believe he will prove very good value." Marty's critics need not say a thing, as he has, with his own words, demonstrated why the only way from here is down.
Albarnista
^What a depressing post above ^ Having said that, I don't really understand what MON is on about when he says Downing can be Barry's successor...
olofthegreat
^What a depressing post above ^ Having said that, I don't really understand what MON is on about when he says Downing can be Barry's successor...
olofthegreat
well everyone thought Young was a waste of money. Downing will be a great buy
Jongekki
well everyone thought Young was a waste of money. Downing will be a great buy
Jongekki
...so he might have cost more than 12mil?????? huhhh? has the world gone mad? downing is worth 5 mil tops. poor signing, i hope MON makes up for it with a big signing like huntelaaaaaar or defour.
ric112
...so he might have cost more than 12mil?????? huhhh? has the world gone mad? downing is worth 5 mil tops. poor signing, i hope MON makes up for it with a big signing like huntelaaaaaar or defour.
ric112
Downing played in the middle a few times for Boro last season and was very impressive so there might be options there for you guys. Gibbo and Lamb at Boro have made it clear the Spurs business practice is not good so that's probably why we reluctantly decided to tell them to shove it. Coming from a Boro fan I would much rather you guys take him than Spurs. At least you are going places and your manager will stick around for a while.
TheSlaven
Downing played in the middle a few times for Boro last season and was very impressive so there might be options there for you guys. Gibbo and Lamb at Boro have made it clear the Spurs business practice is not good so that's probably why we reluctantly decided to tell them to shove it. Coming from a Boro fan I would much rather you guys take him than Spurs. At least you are going places and your manager will stick around for a while.
TheSlaven
5million tops. I'm guessing you don't buy the beers when your out with your mates then?! That's a bit tight. Martin O'Neill obviously thinks he's worth it.
TheSlaven
5million tops. I'm guessing you don't buy the beers when your out with your mates then?! That's a bit tight. Martin O'Neill obviously thinks he's worth it.
TheSlaven
In a world where Glen Johnson costs 17mill, I really don't think you can complain about Downing at 12mill. Why do I have a sneaky feeling that MON told Stan to "do" Disco Stu? :-)
badger0-0
In a world where Glen Johnson costs 17mill, I really don't think you can complain about Downing at 12mill. Why do I have a sneaky feeling that MON told Stan to "do" Disco Stu? :-)
badger0-0
12m value for monny end of
clarkamus
12m value for monny end of
clarkamus
Well I for one am a little happier...
Stourbridge Villan
Well I for one am a little happier...
Stourbridge Villan
Well, so far we look to be heading for 5th/6th next season. One or two good purchases now or in January and we may well be flirting with 3rd/4th (again). I just can't wait for it to kick off.
andy5759
Well, so far we look to be heading for 5th/6th next season. One or two good purchases now or in January and we may well be flirting with 3rd/4th (again). I just can't wait for it to kick off.
andy5759
He has definite skills gents and MON can DEFINITELY get more out of him than the lame Southgate. Excellent addition to the squad for the possible 60+ games ahead. At least MON didn't try to unsettle the lad in Jan when others weren't so courteous.
Villan444
He has definite skills gents and MON can DEFINITELY get more out of him than the lame Southgate. Excellent addition to the squad for the possible 60+ games ahead. At least MON didn't try to unsettle the lad in Jan when others weren't so courteous.
Villan444
Are you **sure** that he won't be turning out at **RB** Vital?
Winsforvilla
Are you **sure** that he won't be turning out at **RB** Vital?
Winsforvilla
ric112 i completely disagree with you. Downing is a 24 yr old player with 5/6 yrs prem experience and is described as having one of the best left foots in the leagues. He will get much better and is already pretty dam good with international caps. Easily worth 12m. How you can think Downing is worth 5m and Defour (unproven with mixed reviews) would be a top class signing is beyond me. I don't think you know much about football mate. i'd take Downing over Defour any day of the week
UTV
ric112 i completely disagree with you. Downing is a 24 yr old player with 5/6 yrs prem experience and is described as having one of the best left foots in the leagues. He will get much better and is already pretty dam good with international caps. Easily worth 12m. How you can think Downing is worth 5m and Defour (unproven with mixed reviews) would be a top class signing is beyond me. I don't think you know much about football mate. i'd take Downing over Defour any day of the week
UTV
Sweet Jesus Fear, some of the posters on this site are getting worse by the day. Where do they all come from - Tilton Road??
BobTheBuilder
Sweet Jesus Fear, some of the posters on this site are getting worse by the day. Where do they all come from - Tilton Road??
BobTheBuilder
They are al the usual muppetts BTB. We know what to expect from these "fans" as there posts are negative and anti MON and nothing to do with having any reasoned debate! Downing will prove his worth ten fold and to say he is worth 5mil is a complete fudging nonsense.
holte ender 1969
They are al the usual muppetts BTB. We know what to expect from these "fans" as there posts are negative and anti MON and nothing to do with having any reasoned debate! Downing will prove his worth ten fold and to say he is worth 5mil is a complete fudging nonsense.
holte ender 1969
Zamora may be on his way to Hull for 5m - how does ric112 think Downing is worth the same!!??
deano.avfc
Zamora may be on his way to Hull for 5m - how does ric112 think Downing is worth the same!!??
deano.avfc
How determined do you have to be to buy a crocked player for 12 million quid?
col8
How determined do you have to be to buy a crocked player for 12 million quid?
col8
Some people need their head seeing to. What makes you think you know the value of a player more than all the other managers who were willing to spend big on him? Harry and Rafa may not be my favourite pair going, but they do know a thing or two, and that's why they were after him with bids in excess of 12m during january. 5m doesn't even get you a look at a decent player from Leeds, 2 flights down from the Prem. 5m will get you a striker who struggled to score all season for Fulham, a decent side who finished in the top half. 12m will get you a player with 1 year left on his contract who's 4 years older than downing and has the same amount of england caps. Ronaldo aside, Downing over the last 3 or so has been the most consistant wideman in the premier league, constantly playing well, forcing himself into the england side, despite being from an unfashionable club who aren't exactly top quality elsewhere on the pitch, and has at one pint almost single handedly dragged that club to a UEFA cup final. Now, I ask again, who the hell are you to suggest that Downing's not worth 12m every day of the week. Idiots, some of you, plain and simple idiots.
lorenzo
Some people need their head seeing to. What makes you think you know the value of a player more than all the other managers who were willing to spend big on him? Harry and Rafa may not be my favourite pair going, but they do know a thing or two, and that's why they were after him with bids in excess of 12m during january. 5m doesn't even get you a look at a decent player from Leeds, 2 flights down from the Prem. 5m will get you a striker who struggled to score all season for Fulham, a decent side who finished in the top half. 12m will get you a player with 1 year left on his contract who's 4 years older than downing and has the same amount of england caps. Ronaldo aside, Downing over the last 3 or so has been the most consistant wideman in the premier league, constantly playing well, forcing himself into the england side, despite being from an unfashionable club who aren't exactly top quality elsewhere on the pitch, and has at one pint almost single handedly dragged that club to a UEFA cup final. Now, I ask again, who the hell are you to suggest that Downing's not worth 12m every day of the week. Idiots, some of you, plain and simple idiots.
lorenzo
In 6 months time you will all be saying he was the bargain of the season, believe me. . . He shone in a poor Boro side, and was ripping your defence to bits before you crocked him. .
smoggieboon
In 6 months time you will all be saying he was the bargain of the season, believe me. . . He shone in a poor Boro side, and was ripping your defence to bits before you crocked him. .
smoggieboon
 

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