MIDDLESBROUGH flop Kris Boyd claims he’s not to blame for the Teessiders’ current plight in battling to avoid relegation from the Championship, and that he wasn’t given a decent crack of the whip under Tony Mowbray.
Boyd was signed last summer on a free transfer by the now-former Riverside boss Gordon Strachan to spear-head Boro’s push for promotion to the Premier League.
Given that the 27-year-old had smashed in 164 Scottish Premier League goals with both Kilmarnock and Rangers, hopes were high of the Scot setting the Championship heather on fire.
However, Boyd’s goal-scoring boots deserted him, with a series of unimpressive displays only bringing him six strikes this season.
With the team’s promotion aim being revised to a battle to beat the drop, Strachan left the club with Mowbray coming in to try and pick up the pieces.
Boyd’s form failed to pick up under the new manager and last month was farmed out on-loan to Nottingham Forest which was no doubt also in part to ease the wage bill with the player on a staggering £30,000 a week. However, the Scotland cap (right) has spoken of his Riverside misery citing a lack of chances under Mowbray even though his form might not have merited it.
He said: “Last summer I felt it was right for me to go to Middlesbrough, but looking back it was the wrong decision.
“It wasn’t easy when I felt like I would leave Rangers last year, but I missed a large chunk of pre-season. Then I found my manager had been sacked, and a new one came in, which wasn’t easy.
“I found myself out of the team when Tony came in. Everybody knows the financial problems there and, having spoken to Tony, I think that was probably the biggest factor.
“But it’s not my fault. I don’t know the politics of it. I know I just wanted to play football and wasn’t given the chance. Sometimes a manager comes in and doesn’t take a fancy to you, but there’s nothing you can do.
“When I got the phone call to come to a side pushing for promotion, I jumped at the chance when Boro said they would let me go. Now my focus is on Forest and getting them to the Premier League.
“But I’m still a Middlesbrough player and if I have to go back next season, then I will.”
Boyd also hit back at suggestions that he is the latest of a recent line of SPL stars who have failed to cut the mustard in England.
He added: “It’s easy to say, but the goals are still the same size – they’re not bigger in Scotland.
“I’m sure if the majority of people who said that went and played for Rangers or Celtic, they would find it’s not as easy as they think.
“I didn't just score a few goals, it was a lot so it wasn’t a fluke. But I’m not there any more. I need to do it down here, I know that.
“You lose form but you don’t stop scoring goals overnight. Better players than me get criticised, so it doesn’t bother me.”
Boyd’s new manager at Nottingham Forest, Billy Davies, has backed the striker to come good.
“Boyd needs time,” he said. “He’s still a few weeks away from being in top shape, but I am convinced he will score important goals for this club.
“We’ve brought in a prolific finisher who has scored an unbelievable amount of goals.
“For whatever reason, it hasn’t happened for him at Middlesbrough – but we know that he can put the ball in the net.”