MARK Venus is his own man with his own methods and a self-instructed remit to improve Middlesbrough.
Currently operating in a caretaker duty as chairman Steve Gibson ponders over who he will appoint as Tony Mowbray’s successor, Venus is already laying claim to the squad, referencing it as “my team”.
Boro travel west to play Blackburn Rovers tomorrow (kick off 3pm) and while Venus is in charge he intends to style Boro in his own way.
“The buck stops with me, I understand that,” Venus told BBC Tees.
“I don’t see any point in me doing the job if I didn’t add my thoughts into the team and the way the club should be.
“I think it’s important that I do that because then people are seeing how I would do it, even if it’s only slightly different or it’s majorly different.”
His ascent to the top of the management hierarchy has brought with it more duties and more responsibilities for the Seaton Carew-born man.
It is the work on the Rockliffe Park training pitches where Venus most feels at home and he can sense that his efforts will reap rewards.
He added: “There’s more jobs to do (now he’s temporary manager).
“You are the focal point of the club really and there’s a responsibility that goes with it.
“The players have been great with me.
“They’ve done everything I’ve asked and tried to put it into practise.
“We aren’t going to pull up trees overnight but all I ask is for them to do what I ask and for them to work really hard whilst they’re doing it.”
Blackburn go into the game in 12th, a point better than Boro and seven points shy of the play-offs.
Although there is an array of talent at Gary Bowyer’s disposal, Venus does not fear them.
He went on: “I have to work on my team really.
“A high percentage (of focus) is on my team and the other percentage on the other team.
“I want to improve this team.
“I want this team to grow and that means I have to spend a lot of time on it and make a lot of judgements to give them confidence in what they do.
“While always being wary of the opposition, I want to try and build on my team.”