On Friday, Boro announced the departure of Cristhian Stuani to La Liga side Girona, which spelled the end of the Uruguayan’s time at the club, and continued a mass exodus under new manager Garry Monk.
Back in May, chairman Steve Gibson promised ‘changes at all aspects of the club’ – a pledge that was met by a wave of social media excitement as many could see, even from the outside looking in, that all was not well at Boro.
One thing is for certain, Gibson wasn’t lying. It was soon time to say goodbye, or good riddance in some cases, to many figures within the club, as a truly unforgettable season was packed up and filed under ‘let’s not do that again’.
On the backroom side of things, Marcos Abad, Gaby Ruiz, Thiago Cruz and the seemingly notorious villain Victor Orta were sent packing. Since Garry Monk’s appointment, Paul Jenkins, Steve Agnew and Leo Percovich have also departed.
What is more telling, though, are the player departures. Gone are Guzan, Valdes, Barragan, Bernardo and Fischer – all summer signings, which says everything you need to know about Boro’s dealings last season.
James Husband, Carlos de Pena and Julien de Sart have also left, and although the latter is only away on loan, he could well be out the door come the end of the season.
Stewart Downing and Gaston Ramirez could be leaving for Birmingham and Betis respectively – two bold moves in which Boro, whether it be Monk or Gibson, really are wielding the axe, and rather enjoying it too.
This mass exodus isn’t a bad thing though, far from it. It spells a new era at the club. New manager, new players, new way of thinking. On paper we’ve already had a good window in terms of incomings, and I, for one, am excited about what this season will entail.
Up the Boro.