Middlesbrough face Derby County in the Championship this evening.
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Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is looking forward to going back to his former club Ipswich this weekend
Colin Cooper took charge of his first home game as Hartlepool United boss with Pools hosting North East rivals Middlesbrough in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
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Middlesbrough have announced the club will face Bordeaux in a pre-season friendly at the Riverside Stadium this summer.
Tony Mowbray's side are due to host to the newly crowned French Cup winners on Saturday 27th July at 3pm.
Boro's other pre-season fixtures include trips to Morecambe (July 17), North East rivals Hartlepool United (July 20) and Rotherham United (July 23).
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray insists his side still have a lot to play for despite falling out of contention to make the Championship playoffs.
Around 1,500 Boro supporters are expected to make the trip to Hillsborough to see their side take on Sheffield Wednesday. Speaking ahead of the match, Mowbray said his team owe the fans a good performance.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says it is important that the club win their final home game of the season against Charlton Athletic tomorrow.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says his side must remain positive and not let their slide out of the playoff positions affect them.
Boro host Birmingham in the npower Championship on Saturday.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray believes his team have ten games to achieve their season goal of reaching the playoffs.
For most of the season Boro have been in the top six in the Championship table, but recent form has seen them slip to eighth after taking just seven points in from a possible 30. Their latest setback came with a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.
Mowbray insists his side can still make the playoffs despite their recent run. He said: "We're right in amongst that group of teams and feeling a bit low on ourselves. The psychology is to try and spin that on its head and be as positive as we can.
"We've got ten games to go a grab the goal of the season of trying to get out of this league via the playoffs, and we have to not lose sight of that."
He added: "Our responsibility as a team, as a club, as a group of players is to stick together and keep working as hard as we can to try and get to the playoffs first and foremost - over the next ten games - and try and win it."
Middlesbrough travel to bottom club Bristol City on Saturday.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been speaking about the Blues interim manager Rafa Benitez's rant at the Riverside last night.