Venus, “I’ll give it my best shot”

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Mark Venus talks to the media in his first press conference as caretaker boss

Middlesbrough caretaker boss, Mark Venus says he will give the role his best shot ahead of Boro’s game at home to Doncaster Rovers on Friday Night.

Venus, 46, will take charge for the first time at the Riverside after Tony Mowbray was sacked on Monday following a 3-2 defeat to Championship strugglers, Barnsley. Venus insists that he has had no indication from chairman, Steve Gibson as to how long he will be in temporary charge at the club and believes that he hasn’t done enough yet to be told any different.

Steve Gibson and his directors at the club including former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive, Peter Kenyon who has been involved with the club since the start of the season are understood to already be in the hunt for a new manager and a complete overhaul of the backroom staff could be completed when the new man is eventually installed.

For the first time in Gibson’s reign at the club, the chairman has admitted to taking overseas managers into account and there is a possibility that Mowbray’s successor could be joined by a director of football. It is understood that the overseas knowledge of Neil Bausor and Peter Kenyon could be key to bringing in an overseas acquisition with former Real Madrid assistant manager under Jose Mourinho, Aitor Karanka believed to be one of the names high on the list of possible candidates.

Tony Mowbray’s former assistant manager said the players have reacted well to the news of Mowbray’s departure and have trained as normal ahead of tomorrow’s match that could see them move 7 points clear of the relegation places. Born in neighboring, Hartlepool, lifelong supporter of the club, Venus says he is honored to have the opportunity of managing his home town club.

“A legend of at this football club came as a manager but has now gone and I don’t think anybody who made the decision took it lightly. The club moves on now and  I think it’s about time myself and the players give the fans something to smile about.

“I’m not going to hide the fact that I came to watch Middlesbrough games as a young boy and my Dad is still a big supporter of the club, so I am proud to take charge of this football team and I am going to give it everything I’ve got.

“I hope the team will do me justice, the club justice and the fans justice on Friday night. I’ve trained them for two days, they’ve had a shock with the manager going but as I’ve said before they have had a part to play in the downfall of the last manager and they have to take some responsibility for that.”

 

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