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Championship boss says the Sky red button is killing the game after getting lowest turnout in five years

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate has suggested that watching matches via Sky red button is killing the game.

On Tuesday evening 18,649 came through the turnstiles for their game against Wigan Athletic, making it their lowest turnout for that particular day since the 2014/15 season.

On the turnout on Tuesday night, he said: “I think that’s the red button isn’t it?”

“The red button’s killing the game, it’s killing attendances at the football clubs, it’s killing it.

“But then you can look on the other hand (and ask) what’s cheaper? Middlesbrough hasn’t got all the resources and people find it hard to come from work and I totally understand that.

“Like I said before in previous press conferences our job’s to try and get these fans in the stadium.

“But the red button – you can watch the game on telly in your armchair!”

“That is a challenge. As I said regarding Sky and the red button situation it is a challenge.

“But it’s up to me to make it happen and to get the fans back in the stadium, that’s what I’ve got to do.

“It’s a great feeling when the Riverside is bouncing, those Premier League games, the Karanka regime, it was buzzing in the town, people constantly asking me to get tickets.

“I want it back like that, I want the area to be buzzing again and on a real high but it’s not going to happen overnight, it’s going to take time and that’s where we need to be patient. I’m sure it will end up getting like that at some part.”

“They’re not stupid they know what the crack is and what we’re working on, Middlesbrough fans know their football, they’re like the Scousers.

“People can’t pull wool over their eyes, they know what is happening so they will stay with us and they will be patient.”


After finding out what he had to say, fans took to give their reaction, some agreed and others blamed something else – see what they tweeted on the next page.


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