Doncaster Rovers vs Middlesbrough

Riverside Stadium, May 7, 12.45pm

TIPPED to win the Championship, Middlesbrough have been this season’s major disappointment in the second tier.

Three wins from the last three games showed what Boro were capable of, but the pressure of expectation hung over the camp, first under Gordon Strachan and then Tony Mowbray.

The missed opportunity may not come back around again soon with a reported £20m wage bill having to be ruthlessly reduced to £6m this summer.

MANAGER

TONY Mowbray was a brave man to accept the managerial position at the Riverside.

With Boro in major decline, it was hardly an easy job for the 47-year-old to accept after his disastrous six months at Celtic, especially given his legendary status at Boro due to almost 350 appearances as a defender.

Mowbray will be looking to forget the spell at Celtic and reproduce his brilliant work with West Brom, where he preached a brilliant attacking philosophy that saw the Baggies take the Championship by storm and attract the Bhoys in the first place.

But the hardest times may yet have come.