Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has admitted he already knows which players are being offloaded in the January transfer window.
Since taking charge just over a month ago, Wilder has been examining every aspect of his new squad. Currently ninth in the table, Boro have a real chance of making the play-offs this season. And Wilder believes he has now identified what changes need to be made in order to achieve this.
Speaking to the Northern Echo, he said: “Yeah, we have made decisions.
“You have an idea when you come in of who will fit or maybe not. Some people will flourish and some people might struggle and that isn’t personal.
That’s part and parcel of a manager going in. They are the difficult decisions but they are professional decisions.
“People understand that and accept that. That’s part and parcel of being a pro and part and parcel of my job. I’ve got to do that.
“I’ll do that. There’s no doubt about it. It’s quite daft because I’m quite soft. If you ask my family, I’m a bit of a pushover but when it comes to my professional life, those decisions will be made in a heartbeat for the benefit of the football club.
“Not the benefit of me, not the benefit of somebody else but for benefit of the football club for the sole intention of making this football club better.”
The former Sheffield United has impressed so far in his new position, winning two, drawing two and losing just once.
And this ruthless approach over the January window is likely to please fans even more, with many feeling the squad is not good enough.
With departures now confirmed, fans will also be hoping Wilder can introduce some fresh faces when the window opens next month.
Wilder wants business done early
The manager has also stated he hopes to complete all business as soon as possible.
The window opens on January 1, and Wilder intends on wasting no time in getting deals across the line.
He said: “We’ll be looking to do business as soon we can.
“Listen, there might be some deals at the back end of the window, but we’re working on deals now to be ready for that FA Cup game at Mansfield, which is the first possible game.
“We want the majority or as much of the business done for then, or certainly in time for the first league game after that.”