Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Summer Clear-Out Is a Great Idea

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Summer Clear-Out Is a Great Idea

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THERE'S been a lot of talk about a big summer clearout at Boro and starting from scratch.

I'd welcome that. There are not many players I would be desperate to keep at the club.

Some players have been disappointing. While there has been a lot of chopping and changing, very few have grabbed games by the throat and made the shirt their own when they have been given the chance.

Look through the team and there are problems in every department - we leak too many, we don't score enough and we get swamped in midfield.

And yes, that is a result of being a club with no money.

We have gone from feast to famine and from kings to paupers in no time.

That is what you get when you are shopping for players from the bargain bin and the slight seconds shelf.

There are very few of the first team squad I'd definitely keep - and most of those other clubs will want anyway so we may struggle to do that anyway.

At the back I'd keep Jason Steele, he's been our best this year; Justin Hoyte, I'm not his biggest fan but he's done well; Rhys Williams, but only as a central defender and George Friend, who showed in flashes he can do it. …

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