Neil Warnock has admitted that he will probably lose his job as Middlesbrough manager if the club fail to impress in the summer transfer market.
The Teessiders have endured a frustrating second half of the season as their hopes of securing a play-off spot in the Championship have dwindled away during the last couple of months.
With little to play for between now and the end of the season the focus for Warnock will be on improving his first team squad.
Middlesbrough are expected to make substantial changes to their playing squad this summer, and while Warnock has been the first to reiterate how much they need new signings, he admits that it’ll be him who comes under pressure if those signings aren’t successful.
“It’s frustrating, but I’ve got to keep coming to you.
“If I’m doing it the same next season at this stage, well I don’t think I’ll be here. We’ve got to sort it out.
“It’s one of the more difficult jobs I’ve had because I can usually sort out a dressing room within 12 months.
“But unfortunately, with contracts being what they are, it’s taken me a lot longer to sort that out.
“It’s going to need a bit of work this summer to sort it out even further.”
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It’s going to be a big summer for Middlesbrough.
Neil Warnock’s side have really drifted away in recent weeks and that’s a big indicator that the club will be looking to strengthen this summer.
With promotion set to be a target next term it’s essential that the club get their business right and a lot of that will be down to the manager.