Why Neil Warnock is looking forward to pre-season as Middlesbrough announce three friendly fixtures
Middlesbrough have confirmed they will head to Cornwall for a week-long pre-season training camp this summer.
Boro boss Neil Warnock has traditionally taken his sides to the South West before the start of the campaign, as he did with Sheffield United, QPR and Cardiff.
The Teessiders have arranged three friendly matches during the trip, with games Saltash United (Monday, July 19), Tavistock AFC (Wednesday, July 21) and Plymouth Argyle (Friday, July 23) all confirmed.
Saltash play their games in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division West (the tenth tier of English football), while Tavistock compete in the Western Premier Division (the ninth tier).
Plymouth sit 14th in League One after winning promotion to the third tier last season.
All three matches are provisionally scheduled for 7pm kick-offs.
Warnock is looking forward to the trip in July and is hopeful fans will be able to attend the matches as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
“It always makes for a good pre-season in Cornwall when fans can come and with the restrictions on travelling abroad this summer this might give people something to look forward to,” Warnock told Boro’s website.
“It’s a great part of the world to visit and hopefully, providing all goes to plan with the lifting of restrictions, we’ll see plenty of our supporters make the trip.”
Warnock took his squad to Cornwall during pre-season last summer when they played two behind-closed-doors matches against Plymouth.
Boro’s chances of finishing in the Championship play-off places took a significant blow after they were beaten 3-1 at Bournemouth on Friday.
The result left the Teessiders seven points off the top six with seven games to play.