Yesterday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom proved to be Neil Warnock’s last game in charge at Middlesbrough, with The Teessiders moving rather swiftly to appoint Chris Wilder.
Wilder, who won promotion to the Premier League with Sheffield United during the 2019/20 campaign, has been tasked in getting Boro back into the play-off picture.
The 54-year-old will now have the international break to assess his options and make key decisions regarding personnel, with the two weeks without Championship action certainly set to ease him into his new role.
Speaking to Teesside Live, Wilder addressed the club’s current squad and also spoke about the January transfer window: “I already know a lot about the players.
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“I’ve done my homework and know a lot about how they go about their business. There are some talented boys in this squad.
“We will have to make some quick decisions. January is coming up.
“I’ve spoken to Steve, Kieran and Neil about improving the squad in that window.
“I think it’s a very exciting club to come and join and a very attractive one with the facilities it’s got, the history it has, and the people that are involved in it.
“Hopefully I can bring my little bit to it as well.
“I think one thing we’ve done is make some good connections with some of the main actors in the Premier League, so whether it’s players on loan, young players that we can attract or from other areas, I think it’s a really attractive club to come and join.”
Middlesbrough do have one of the stronger squads in the Championship this season, and it will be no shock to see Wilder to get the most out of it.
The added well with the likes of Matt Crooks, Martin Payero and Andraz Sporar, whilst Isiah Jones and Josh Coburn are proving to be excellent players on a more youthful note.
Djed Spence and Lewis Wing also have to return from their loan spells at the end of the campaign, giving Wilder an excellent base to work from.
He will already know where Middlesborough need to recruit, although, once he gets to work fully, his ideas might change.