Middlesbrough FC news and transfer rumours: Tony Pulis reports as youngsters suffer Ipswich Town defeat

A round-up of the latest Boro-related news stories.

By Joe Nicholson
Monday, 12th April 2021, 6:00 am

Tony Pulis reports

Former Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis reportedly wants a crack at working in Europe.

The 63-year-old Welshman has been out of work since he was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday in December, where his tenure at Hillsborough lasted just 45 days.

Former Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis.

According to the Sun, Pulis is assessing his options abroad after spells at Wednesday, Boro, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Stoke.

Pulis spent 18 months at Boro before leaving in May 2019.

Boro beaten by Ipswich in FA Youth Cup

Back at Boro, the club’s under-18 side were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup over the weekend after a 1-0 defeat by Ipswich Town.

Town defender Albie Armin scored the game’s only goal six minutes from time at Heritage Park as the visitors progressed to the quarter-finals.

Boro’s youngsters still have a chance of lifting silverware this season, with the under-17 side set to face Blackburn Rovers at Darlington’s Mowden Park in the semi-finals of the Premier League Under-17s Cup.

QPR clash set to be moved

Finally, Boro’s home meeting with QPR, scheduled for 3pm this Saturday, is set to be played at a different time.

As a mark of respect, all EFL matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday April 17 will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

An EFL statement read: “The EFL will now work with its clubs to determine at what time the matches will be played, giving consideration to the timing of the service.

“An announcement will follow in due course.”

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