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Middlesbrough transfer round-up: Warnock to solve ‘cliques’ issue, decision made on outgoing players, Marcus Bettinelli hint

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Middlesbrough are gearing up for a busy summer transfer window.

The Teessiders have fallen short in their hopes of securing a play-off spot in the Championship which means that attention is now turning towards next season.

The club are determined to be challenging for promotion next time around, but if they’re to do that then they’ll certainly need to strengthen.

But what are the latest stories to emerge about Middlesbrough and the summer transfer window?

Here’s the latest transfer news to come from Teesside.

Neil Warnock keen to solve ‘cliques’ problem

The Middlesbrough boss says that July ‘can’t come quick enough’ as he looks to offload ‘little cliques’ in the squad.

Speaking to the Northern Echo, Warnock said: “We have to get ready for July. It can’t come quick enough really. There are a lot of things I don’t understand. You get that at clubs. You get little cliques at clubs. As a manager you know they are there.

“I am sure if you spoke to two or three they will say I was the problem. Because they blame everyone else don’t they? That’s natural for footballers. I am not the problem. I have to solve the problem.”

Middlesbrough boss makes decision on a couple of players.

Neil Warnock has revealed that defeat to QPR on Saturday means that he now knows he needs to offload this summer.

Speaking to Teesside Live, he said: “I’ve got a few answers today. I’ve learned things I needed to learn.

“In many respects

it’s frustrating and disappointing, but I thought I got a few answers there today.

“I think I know now who I’ve got to get out and who I’ve got to keep and build on.

“My mind was helped today by one or two performances.”

Marcus Bettinelli hint

Neil Warnock has discussed his decision to drop the goalkeeper ahead of the clash with QPR.

Bettinelli was responsible for one of Barnsley’s goals the previous week as the Tykes scored directly from a corner following an error from the stopper.

The club are looking for a goalkeeper this summer but his comments suggest that a move for Bettinelli won’t be a priority.

Speaking to Teesside Live, Warnock said: “I think when something like that happens you don’t really need to say much really. He probably just wanted to crawl under something.

“Unfortunately, if a striker loses the ball they miss a goal opportunity, midfielder makes a mistake, it’s a pass that’s gone astray. If a defender makes a mistake it gifts an opportunity to the opposition.

“But if a goalkeeper makes a mistake it’s fatal.

“So it’s something that has to be in a goalkeeper’s make-up. You have to have that in your mentality because you know it’s going to happen.

“I’m sure Betts hasn’t had a good week this week really. But they’ve all been training hard this week. I watched them for a little bit yesterday and Sol, Betts and Jordan were all training hard.”


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