Middlesbrough FC news and transfer rumours: Decision to be made on ex-Manchester United man as Marvin Emnes praises Gareth Southgate's management
Sheffield Wednesday will make a decision this week regarding the future of former Middlesbrough midfielder Ravel Morrison.
The 28-year-old made just three appearances for Boro last season before a spell at Dutch side ADO Den Haag, where his contract was ended by mutual consent in January.
Morrison, a Manchester United academy graduate who has also played for West Ham, has been training with Wednesday as the Owls desperately try to avoid relegation from the Championship.
When asked about the player following Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Barnsley at the weekend, Owls boss Darren Moore said: “What we’ll do is take a good look at Ravel and make a decision in the next two, three, four days so we know what we’re doing with Ravel going forward.”
Marvin Emnes reflects on Boro spell
Former Middlesbrough forward Marvin Emnes has praised his ex-Boro boss Gareth Southgate.
Emnes, now 32 and a free agent, joined the Teessiders from Sparta Rotterdam in 2008 and says he enjoyed working with Southgate.
"Middlesbrough was like a family club, a bit like Sparta Rotterdam, where I started," Emnes told WalesOnline.
"It was perfect working under Southgate.
“He's the sort of manager who speaks to players and gets them to believe in themselves, opportunities to play. It's all you need as a young player. You need someone to believe in you."
Emnes fell down the pecking order when Southgate was replaced by Gordon Strachan during the 2009/10 campaign – before the forward’s loan move to Swansea.
"Before he (Strachan) came, I used to play every game. I used to be the star player there," Emnes added.
"Then the first home game we played, I played 45 minutes. Next game I was on the bench. Two games later I was in the stand.
"So I decided to tell them I wanted to leave."
Under-23s held to Wolves draw
Finally, Boro’s under-23 side were held to a 1-1 draw with Wolves at Rockliffe – despite a superb long-range strike from Sam Folarin.
The 20-year-old winger opened the scoring for Graeme Lee’s team on 36 minutes in the Premier League 2, Division 2, clash, yet Wolves equalised 18 minutes from time.
Midfielders Hayden Hackney and Connor Malley also started for the Teessiders.