Still, there's plenty of time for Boro to make up the seven point gap currently separating them from a top-six finish, with seven games left to bridge the distance.
Speaking after the Bournemouth loss, Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock discussed his plans for summer recruitment, and claimed: "Most of the players know who is going to be part of my plans.
“There might be the odd one or two who have got something to show me, but in my heart of hearts I know more or less what I want. Getting them is a different thing.“Steve (Gibson) is desperate for us to do well, he knows I have to bite my tongue and be frustrated this season.”He continued: “I'm a little bit impatient. When you're 72 you want it to happen yesterday. I can see that I might finish on a high.“I think it's an exciting time, especially if we get them rabble rousers back in the stadium. I think it's a fabulous time to be Middlesbrough manager. I'm quite excited.”Boro are back in action this afternoon, when they travel to take on high-flying Watford in the lunchtime kick-off.Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Middlesbrough and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the Easter Monday action continues:
5. Rams takeover could happen this summer
Derby County are still believed to be of interest to an American company, but any decisions over a potential takeover won't be made until the Rams' Championship survival is confirmed. (Football League World)
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6. Bees enter Twine race
Brentford have been tipped to sign Swindon sensation Scott Twine in the next transfer window. Luton Town, QPR and Barnsley are among the clubs to have previously been linked with the League One ace. (The 72)
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7. Rosler linked with Preston job
Fortuna Dusseldorf manager Uwe Rosler has emerged as one of the favourites for the Preston job. The ex-Leeds United boss has been with his current club since January last year, and has won 16 of his 46 games in charge. (SkyBet)
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8. Howe could bring Cook to Celtic
Eddie Howe, who looks set to become the next Celtic manager, is rumoured to have already decided one of his signings. He's been tipped to bring in Bournemouth defender Steve Cook, who played under Howe during his Cherries reign. (Daily Mail)
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