What Brexit could mean for Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals

The United Kingdom look set to leave the European Union in the coming months – but what could it mean for Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals?

Friday, 13th December 2019, 2:19 pm
Updated Saturday, 14th December 2019, 9:05 am
Brexit may impact EFL clubs.
Brexit may impact EFL clubs.

We take a closer look at some of the impacts Brexit could have throughout the EFL:

TRANSFERS

Without free movement, EU nationals will require a work permit to play in the English leagues.

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At present 16 to 18-year-olds are allowed to switch between nations in the EU yet that would no longer apply to teams in England.

That might mean Boro won’t be able to recruit youngsters from overseas as easily and may have to focus on developing local talent.

PREMIER LEAGUE EFFECT

Brexit will also make it harder for Premier League clubs to sign players from abroad – which could mean they look towards the lower leagues instead.

Boro have seen some of their brightest academy products pouched in recent years and that may increase after Brexit.

FINANCES

A matter which was recently raised by Burnley chairman Mike Garlick.

In an interview with the BBC, Garlick suggested that Brexit could ‘threaten to make the widening inequality gap in our top division even worse’ and make the chances of breaking into the top six even slimmer.

COULD THERE BE POSITIVES?

Well, former Cardiff boss Neil Warnock seemed to think Brexit would have a positive impact during his spell with the Bluebirds.

“I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest,” he said.

“I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect.

"Football-wise as well, absolutely.”