Mowbray disappointed with Middlesbrough’s January sales
Middlesbrough manager admits he wanted to offload more players as he tries to balance the books
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray admits he was hoping to offload more of his high-earning players in January.
David Wheater and Gary O’Neil both sealed their returns to the Premier League but the likes of Julio Arca, Kris Boyd and Leroy Lita all remain at the Riverside despite being linked with moves away from the club.
Attempting to balance the books has been Mowbray’s key agenda since taking over from Gordon Strachan in October as the club’s lengthy wage bill hinders his attempts to introduce the attractive style of football he managed to instil at West Brom.
“The club, ideally in the window, would have liked to have lost one or two more just to financially steady the ship a little bit,” said Mowbray.
With six academy graduates named in the starting line-up for Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe the future of the club again lies with the young Teessiders.
Boro’s successful academy, led by Dave Parnaby, has proven highly profitable in terms of both ability on the pitch and transfer income off it.
The likes of Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, David Wheater and Lee Cattermole have all come through the ranks in recent years and have moved on to the Premier League.
Now, rising stars Joe Bennett and Richard Smallwood will be relied upon to help the side climb from the depths of the Championship table, just as Saltburn-born Mowbray led the club as a captain from the brink of extinction in 1986 into the top division.