Middlesbrough are already putting plans in place for next season.
While the hunt for the play-offs isn’t quite over there’s a feeling that the club need to put their focus on ensuring that the club are ready to compete at the top end of the Championship next term.
Neil Warnock is set to be in charge and that means that he has some big decisions to make with regards to his playing squad.
But what is happening around the club as Middlesbrough prepare to return to action for the East weekend?
Here’s the latest news to come from the Riverside Stadium.
Middlesbrough could sign Marcus Bettinelli permanently
Neil Warnock could look to sign the goalkeeper on a permanent basis this summer, according to Teesside Live’s Craig Johns.
The Fulham goalkeeper is currently on loan at the Riverside Stadium, but with his contract at Craven Cottage also due to expire, it means that the option is there for Middlesbrough to make a move.
Writing for Teesside Live, Johns said: “Bettinelli has established himself as Warnock’s number one this season during his loan spell at the Riverside.
“And out of contract with parent club Fulham this summer, there is every chance Boro could sign the 28-year-old permanently.
“There have been some shaky moments in the goalkeeper’s game but in recent weeks he’s really stepped up his game, while his commanding nature has helped organise the defence in front of him.
“How the next eight games go could determine whether Warnock makes an offer or looks for an upgrade.”
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Neil Warnock ‘a master of his job’
Middlesbrough coach Leo Percovich has given a glowing response when quizzed on his relation with Neil Warnock.
The Uruguayan is currently learning a lot from the 72-year-old and couldn’t hide how much he’s enjoying his role as he continues to learn from such experienced coaches.
Speaking to Teesside Live, Percovich said: “I enjoy it a lot. He is a master of his job.
“He is a tremendous manager but also a tremendous person. He helps to support me and everybody at the club, so we are all enjoying it under his leadership.
“Like the gaffer, Kevin and Ronnie take care of me a lot too. They protect me and they help me and they make me feel like I am still at home here.
“I am so proud of that, and so thankful for that too.
“I know they have worked for many years together and I respect that, and I support them as much as I possibly can.
“They trust in me and I trust in them and it is great to work with them.”
Youngster could head out on loan
Sam Folarin could be lined up for a loan switch next season, according to Teesside Live’s Craig Johns.
The Middlesbrough youngster has found first team opportunities hard to come by under Neil Warnock and it seems that securing first team football could be a priority for the 20-year-old next term.
Writing for Teesside Live, Johns said: “After scoring his first goal for the club in that FA Cup defeat in January, Folarin looked to be heading out the exit door himself on loan. However, an injury scuppered those plans and the young winger has instead played the second half of the season with the under-23s.
“A really bright prospect, he’s another who might get a chance should the chance for play-offs move out of reach before the end of the season.
“Right now it looks likely that Boro will look to loan the 20-year-old former Tooting and Mitcham man out next term. But if he took any opportunities that came his way between now and then there would be no reason those plans couldn’t change.”