Neil Warnock makes Middlesbrough transfer admission ahead of busy summer at the Riverside

Neil Warnock has made a transfer admission ahead of the summer by revealing he thinks Middlesbrough will be busier in the market than originally anticipated.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 3:06 pm

Boro’s play-off hopes have gone ahead of the visit of QPR to the Riverside on Saturday lunchtime (KO 12.30pm) with Warnock’s side 10th, 14 points adrift of the top six with just five games to go.

Warnock will look to bolster his options in the forward department and out wide, with another goalkeeper also high on his wanted list this summer.

"I think I've been quoted as saying I've only got minor adjustments but I think that's changed quite a lot, I think we require quite a few," Warnock told BBC Tees.

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Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock.
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock.

"I have to look seriously at a number of areas where we need to improve."

The Boro boss was clear that he believes the squad will need more work than he originally anticipated.

He has the full backing of owner Steve Gibson but that doesn’t mean Boro will be splashing the cash this summer.

Asked whether the squad needed more work than first thought, Warnock said: "Yes, I'd have to say it does, more than I thought eight or nine weeks ago.

"Yesterday we had to play six-a-side in training, we're a bit thin on the ground to say the least.

"I don't think I'll spend a lot of money.

"Steve will be quite pleased with my thoughts and what I want to do. He's totally behind everything I've said.

"I talk to him regularly. He knows what I'm looking for and how disappointed I am with the way this season has ended.

"If I go to him with a particular player and tell him what job he'll do for me, he'll sign him, or try and sign him.

"I know Steve will support me but he also knows I won't throw money away stupidly.

"Since I came to the club, it's fair to say the wage bill is a lot lower than it was, then this season we're going to lose one or two.

"We've cut our cloth accordingly but still want success, and I want to prove it's not the biggest wage bill that gets you success."

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