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boro_army123 Posted on 10/08/2018 16:49
Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?
 
 
Just curious of people’s thoughts in this.

Would you like to see gibbo come out and speak to us about transfers and reassure fans?

Or are you happy to do his own thing and run the club and keep quiet?
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Sortie Posted on 10/08/2018 16:50

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Which Chairmen talks to their clubs fans?
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Exiled_in_Herford Posted on 10/08/2018 16:51

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Beat me to it sortie
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fungus Posted on 10/08/2018 16:53

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
What do exactly could he say to "reassure fans".
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foomanboro Posted on 10/08/2018 16:56

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Get the feeling he got his fingers burnt by the "smash the league" comments which ended up being used as a stick to beat him with.

Saying nothing means his own words cant be used against him again this year.

A real shame.
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littledick Posted on 10/08/2018 16:59

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Which Chairmen talks to their clubs fans

This fella, constantly on twitter

Link: Posh
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Dan_Ashcroft Posted on 10/08/2018 17:01

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
In the past, the Gazette would do the legwork. It takes a lot more work for the club to do its own PR.
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Sortie Posted on 10/08/2018 17:04

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
So doing Donald Trump counts as talking to their fans?

That's a new one on someone who doesn't use Twitter
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BoroFur Posted on 10/08/2018 17:14

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
The club roped in BBC Radio Tees last season letting Gibbo make his "smash the league" comments. Maybe Tees didn't want to be so cooperative this year?
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Northoftheriver Posted on 10/08/2018 17:16

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
I said on a thread about this a few weeks ago He speaks out he gets gets it in the neck, he doesn't say anything, he gets it in the neck. The bloke can't win with some of the more narrow minded fans of HIS club.
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billybob Posted on 10/08/2018 17:30

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
The problem at the moment is that nobody at MFC is talking to the fans. I don't mind whether Gibson does or not but MFC needs someone to represent the club.

I don't think I've ever heard Bauser speak and the rest of them are anonymous.

Adrian Bevington could be a good bridge between the club and fans, he did well in his previous roles with England and I like his honesty.

He would certainly do a lot better than in his current role which seems to have found him drowning at the deep end.
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boro_army123 Posted on 10/08/2018 17:36

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
I mean him giving out statements etc, I love Mr Gibson and couldn’t imagine another chairman. I just wondered if today would have been a good time to reassure fans about the season etc as quite clearly a lot of fans ain’t happy and it might bring some of them back.
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1finny Posted on 10/08/2018 17:41

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Most Chairmen in the Commercial and footy world keep a low profile and leave the PR to their day to leaders.
That’s Pulis for us

Gibbo can’t do right for wrong on this one
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mexicanman Posted on 10/08/2018 17:42

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Think a once a year statement would be nice.bit like public companies do.reviewing the past years performance and outlining plans for the next.
No more on the spur emotional comments.he is better than that.
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Sortie Posted on 10/08/2018 17:51

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
MFC is not a public company though
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rob_fmttm Posted on 10/08/2018 17:52

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
I think he likes to stay out of the way in the background and leave the talking to the manager - he doesn't want to be seen as stepping on the manager's toes in anyway.
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Easy_ Posted on 10/08/2018 17:56

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
He's probably realised that every time he does speak he says something stupid so has decided to keep quiet.
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JLinardi Posted on 10/08/2018 17:58

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
I kind of like those chairmen that interact on Twitter, gives fans an insight into what’s going on behind the scenes.

Also think it could quieten people down a bit when things are taken out of context, I’ve been critical of our recruitment for ages now but at the same time without knowing all the facts we could be and probably are way off the mark.
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Northoftheriver Posted on 10/08/2018 17:59

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Easy if you mean he says something that gets twisted around into something completely different to what he actually said then yeah, you might be right
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BoroFur Posted on 10/08/2018 17:59

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
I bet Garry Monk wished Gibbo had stayed out of the way instead of giving that smash the league statement at the end of the 16/17 season.
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BoroFur Posted on 10/08/2018 18:02

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Coming out in support of James Wharton at the last election was probably his most notable gaffe of late.
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Dan_Ashcroft Posted on 10/08/2018 18:04

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
To be fair, it wasn't a statement it was an off the cuff comment that has been taken and twisted and repeated and repeated, and repeated until the original sentiment has been long forgotten.
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Dan_Ashcroft Posted on 10/08/2018 18:06

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
The James Wharton statement however is a completely different matter, and one that deserves repeating.
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Paulroddam7 Posted on 10/08/2018 18:10

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
He has realised that when he does speak it just comes back to haunt him, as he’s usually telling people what they want to hear rather than sticking to the truth.
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dreamdealer Posted on 10/08/2018 18:12

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
It is a lose/lose situation for him.

If he does not he gets blasted for it.

If he did, every last word would be analysed, often mistakenly, and he would be blasted for it.... as in the 'smash the league' comment which people still blame him for, insinuating he said we WOULD do that. He did not.
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Funky_Chicken Posted on 10/08/2018 18:27

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
The club needs to be a lot more pro active in communicating with the fans - it doesn’t necessarily have to be Gibson either. Some reassurances and talk of what aspirations the club has wouldn’t go amiss - the silence has been deafening this time round



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Chappy112 Posted on 10/08/2018 18:40

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Why should he when we have to hear fans repeating what he’s said for the next 9 months?
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Easy_ Posted on 10/08/2018 18:43

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
He definitely said most people fromStockton support Sunderland. Heard it with my own ears
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BobUpndown Posted on 10/08/2018 18:47

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
let the football do the talking

too much said & too often just at clichés & too often repeated in football..
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MiniShotton Posted on 10/08/2018 19:36

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
The last time he spoke he said we would smash the league. Doubling the pressure on novice manager Garry Monk.
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hopesoboro Posted on 10/08/2018 19:41

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
I'm pretty sure Gibbos reference to Stockton was tongue in cheek.....and I'm from Norton!
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BigCityLivin Posted on 10/08/2018 21:45

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
And there's the point Dan Ashcroft was making - mini shotton - Gibson said "we want to smash the league" - big difference to what you stated
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running_friend Posted on 11/08/2018 08:15

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
‘Says something stupid’

Nah it’s just stupid Boro fans who misinterpretate what has actually been said
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foomanboro Posted on 11/08/2018 10:04

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
“I think he likes to stay out of the way in the background and leave the talking to the manager - he doesn't want to be seen as stepping on the manager's toes in anyway.“

I am a massive fan of Gibson and will always be eternally grateful to him but i’m not buying this. He does get involved behind the scenes.

Let’s not forget the “gifts” he forced on Karanka like Downing and Rhodes. That involves far more manager toe stepping than any public statement to the fans.
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gnorman1984 Posted on 11/08/2018 11:35

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Yeah I would much prefer he gave inspirational speeches to the fans like Delia Smith.

Link: Delia
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Indeedido Posted on 11/08/2018 11:46

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
1. If Monk had felt so pressurised by Gibson's comments, then he shouldn't have accepted the job, for they preceded his appointment.

2. Finny is right in that Chairmen don't communicate with their customers in a normal business. The CEO and his staff do with expert PR support. However, MFC is different in that Gibson effectively is Executive Chairman (and sole shareholder) in a subsidiary company of his primary company. He therefore should communicate more and much better when he does, given the nature of this particular business. This should be Bevington's world given his experience.

3. Steve is not very good with communication himself and comes across poorly even when he is being absolutely sincere - as I sincerely believe he was in May 2017. I can understand why he therefore avoids it, as frustrating as that can be sometimes be.

4. There is clearly not a good news story at the moment and I think Gibson is extremely sensitive about his position with Boro fans. Opening up right now might be the vey last thing he can do, or wants to do.
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Pogatetz_Ate_My_Hamster_ Posted on 11/08/2018 11:46

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
I used to criticise him for not talking to fans outside of renewal time, but after an idiotic section of our fanbase twisted his words and threw it back in his face for a year I don’t blame him.
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foomanboro Posted on 11/08/2018 11:48

Does Steve Gibson speak too the fans enough?

 
Nobody says they want him to get drunk on the pitch and telling off the fans.

Just a bit of communication would be fine. Even if just via the match day programme if he doesn't like speaking in public. The silence is deafening.
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