They had appointed a brilliant manager in Ronald Koeman and although seventh may have been the finish of a side punching above their weight
, few in the inner circle shared the concerns aired by outsiders.
Having earned the plaudits for punching above their weight
under boss Stuart McCall, the Steelmen have become victims of their own success as the pressure mounts over their pedestrian start this term.
Higher skills levels are needed from those entering apprenticeships if companies are to continue punching above their weight
The offer came when Orient were punching above their weight
at the League One summit.
He had Everton punching above their weight
for a long time and with the amount of money available he did a fantastic job so I had no doubt he was going to continue it.
Rovers' new boss was in danger of having his bid to keep the Yorkshire outfit punching above their weight
in the second tier of English football undermined by a lack of funds.
In the second part of the Gazette's exclusive interview with Gibson on the current state of the club, the chairman reveals: * THERE will be a summer inquest into the club's failings * FALLING attendances at the Riverside will come under scrutiny * EVERY attempt was made to turn things around under Gordon Strachan's stewardship, but eventually the Scot resigned * GIBSON was aware of Strachan's rocky relationship with certain areas of the media * BORO have been punching above their weight
for a long time * MAJOR mistakes have been made over the past four years * Don't miss the second part of Gibson's full and frank interview on pages 42 and 43
But United have a habit of punching above their weight
against the division's leading sides and they drew level five minutes later, Jordan Nadat firing home after two earlier attempts had been blocked.
Summary: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Bolton are punching above their weight
Gunners waifs punching above their weight
Live football Sky Sports 2, 4pm THE build-up to today's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal has been dominated by analysis of the two teams' respective physiques, writes James Milton.
JIMMY MARTIN is backing Huddersfield Irish Centre to carry on punching above their weight
in the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup.
He has had no money to spend and Blackpool are certainly punching above their weight
and are unbeaten in seven matches.
According to Money, Walsall are punching above their weight
Wigan may not have played with the gay abandon of last season, but they are still punching above their weight
when it comes to fan base and history.
Honda and Volkswagen have clearly gelled with the teen psyche and are punching above their weight
in the market, but others, such as the down-to-earth domestic brands, may be trying too hard or not trying hard enough," said Andy Turton, President of NFO Automotive.