Venus plays canny on Boro job ahead of Doncaster Rovers clash

Mark Venus
Mark Venus

MARK Venus neither confirmed nor denied suggestions he wants the Middlesbrough job – because he doesn’t know himself.

Venus is in caretaker charge of Boro as they take on Doncaster at the Riverside tonight (KO 7.45pm), the first game post-Tony Mowbray following his sacking on Monday.

Venus has been Mogga’s trusty right-hand man throughout his nine-year managerial rein and has the “blessing” of the 49-year-old to oversee Boro, whether in the current interim role or on a permanent basis.

Asked by BBC Tees whether or not he wants to take on the job full-time, Seaton Carew-born Venus responded: “I think for me to answer that, for me to give you an answer now, I would be lying to you because I don’t think I truly know.

“I feel that out of professionalism to the chairman (Steve Gibson), I’m doing the job.

“I’ll tell you when it’s finished or when something else happens if I’m enjoying it and I want to do it.

“I think, at this moment, everything’s day to day.

“It’s been very difficult (this week). I think anyone who knows me will probably know how difficult it was for me.

“There’s been loads of different things but I’ve had a lot of support and I’m doing the job professionally.

“The chairman feels it is right for me to do the job and I have to do that.”

Who will succeed Mowbray is a topic of much deliberation.

Alex McLeish emerged as a hotly-tipped candidate yesterday with odds shrinking from 20/1 to favourite in a matter of hours.

As far as Venus is concerned, when the new manager will be installed is anyone’s guess. He’s just focused on getting Boro back on the winning track, even if the methods don’t differ too much.

“All positions are dictated to by results,” he said.

“I don’t know what the thinking is, what the processes are (to appointing someone).

“I have to get results that me and Tony got. That’s what every percent of my focus is on.

“I don’t know if I’ve done anything drastically different.

“I’ve had two days of coaching with them so I’ve just picked up some relevant points I think needed talking over. And the boys have all responded. We’ve gone about our business.”