Riverside Stadium

Next Game

M'boro v Fulham

Saturday, 04 October 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Riverside Stadium

Last Game

M'boro 1 - 1 Blackpool

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Mowbray ready to rebuild

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is already looking towards another reworking of his squad this summer.

Last Updated: 18/03/13 at 10:51 Post Comment

Tony Mowbray: Needs to rebuild at Boro

Tony Mowbray: Needs to rebuild at Boro

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The Boro boss brought in over a half-a-dozen new faces last summer, and they started the season in excellent fashion - even going top towards the end of 2012.

But for the second successive season, the Teessiders have seen their promotion charge implode after a shocking start to the New Year.

Now with promotion back to the Premier League appearing to be little more than a mathematical possibility - Mowbray is already looking at a potential overhaul.

"We ain't going to be able to keep this group together," said Mowbray.

"There's four, five or six players out of contract in the summer and some of them won't be getting kept on for various reasons.

"Some of that will be issues with salaries, some will be because we feel it's time for a fresh start. Some will be to do with trying to create a gap in the budget to release a salary to bring someone else in. So I think the terminology I'd use is that we're still trying to build a squad that we feel can grow together.

"If you look at the changes from the day we walked in to where we stand today, there's been a huge turnover in footballers. Is the team any better than it was when we arrived? You know, I think that's possibly open for debate in my mind.

"And yet, after our first game we found ourselves second bottom of the league and, in our defence, we've been in the top six all year apart from the last two months.

"So that would suggest that maybe we are a better group, not as players, as individuals. It means the chemistry of the group. But the job is forever to try and improve, to try and get better at every opportunity you can.

"The next time to improve on what we've got would be the summer when some contracts run out and there's potentially a hole in the budget to fill.

"That's not guaranteed, of course, because sometimes when players leave there might be a natural reduction in budget levels, so we'll see what the summer brings."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

W

ow, that is so noble of you Rio. You're such an amazing guy, and so handsome too. Everyone wishes they were like the fantastic Rio Ferdinand.

Petulant_Radish
Rio: No grudge with 'gent' Moyes

T

errible night all round. This was a team there for the taking yet I fail to recall their 'keeper making a notable save. Sterling decided to have his worst game ever, Coutinho only provided about two good passes all game and Balotelli continues to frustrate. The less said about the set piece defending the better. Daniel Sturridge cannot came back soon enough. The lack of a real threat in the final third is so surprising, no killer pass, not testing...

jegz1uk
A Worrying Trend Of Liverpool Lethargy

Footer 365

England Under-21: Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers in Euro play-offs squad

Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers have been named in the England Under-21 squad for the Euro U21 playoffs.

Premier League: Vincent Kompany defends Manchester City colleague Yaya Toure

Vincent Kompany has defended Man City team-mate Yaya Toure from criticism over his form, saying he remains a key figure.

Transfer news: Barcelona's Dani Alves hints at move to Premier League next summer

Brazil defender Dani Alves says this is his last season at Barcelona as he will move to the Premier League next summer.

Mail Box

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property