Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray hurting ahead of showdown with Bristol City at Ashton Gate
Nobody has been harder hit by Boro’s slump in form than Tony Mowbray.
First team coach Mark Proctor has revealed for the first time the hurt being felt by his close friend Mowbray and the entire management team.
Boro go into tomorrow’s crucial Championship clash with rock-bottom Bristol City needing to win to get their stuttering promotion campaign back on track after taking just seven points from a possible 33 in 2013.
“As someone who not only works closely with Tony on a day-to-day basis but who has known him as a team-mate, colleague and friend for many years, I know that Tony is hurting right now,” Proctor told the Middlesbrough Gazette.
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“The gaffer loves and understands the area and desperately wants to give the supporters a winning team that, despite massively difficult financial circumstances, can get this club back into the Premier League.
“As his roots are here on Teesside, Tony had always said that he hoped to come back and manage the club one day, so in that respect he is living the dream - but right now we’re going through a difficult period and the sooner we get it back on track the better.
“Having known Tony so long, I know that he has great honesty and integrity - qualities as a man that he takes into his role as a manager.”
Meanwhile, City head coach Sean O’Driscoll says tired legs are an issue ahead of this afternoon’s big game.
He told The Post: “We have tired legs, but then so does everybody in the Championship. Having to play Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday is a big ask.
“When you get to this stage of the season, it is all about recovery and making sure players are ready to go again.
“Continuity is fantastic and, if they are not training, they are recovering. That does not mean having a rest day and larking around, it means preparing yourself properly.”