Mowbra keeping feet on the ground
Boro boss Tony Mowbray believes his time in charge of his hometown club will only become a dream job if he can guide his side to the Premier League next season.
Mowbray will complete his first full year in charge of Boro later this week and will look to land a serious blow in the title race when they come up against league leaders Southampton this weekend after an impeccable start, but the former Celtic boss isn’t getting too carried away just yet.
"Is it the dream job, being back in Middlesbrough? Only if it goes well and we have a rainbow ending," he told the Gazette.
"On the field its going fine. The players are applying themselves, giving everything that they've got every week and showing that weve got some talented players.
"I know it's a great club because I played here and I was born here and yet Im a football manager by trade.
"As it was when I was managing at Hibernian and West Brom, the Boro job is just about getting your team to gel, getting the group of players together, having an affection and feel for each other, working hard for each other, winning matches.
Mowbray knows that despite his side’s excellent start which sees them sit just three points behind Southampton in 3rd, that a bad run from the men in Boro Football Shirts would spell the end of the current love-in on Teesside.
"If I lose 10 games on the bounce, the phone-ins will be full of disgruntled fans, the letters pages in the papers will be full of disgruntled fans, I'll be getting a lot more difficult questions to answer from the press and somewhere along the line someone will be talking about pressure and is it the job you expected, what’s wrong?” he commented.
"So it just snowballs from there.To put it into context, I'm not living in football Utopia - I understand football.
"I just keep going and try to get my team ready for the next game. It's as simple as that really."
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