Tony Pulis has been in charge of Middlesbrough now for close to nine months.
In that time Pulis believes the club has become much closer and every aspect of the club is vital to Boro’s success.
‘Everybody, from the young lads all the way through, it’s much closer-knit’
Pulis has stressed the importance of having good relationships with the academy, the board and the medical staff:
“If you speak to people at the club, everybody is together now.
“Everybody, from the young lads all the way through, it’s much closer-knit as a football club.
“The Academy is closer to us, the medical side is closer to us, everybody is closer together.
“It’s about breaking barriers down.
“Sometimes, the biggest problem in football is actually within football clubs. You’ve got to straighten that out.
“In management, you sometimes go into football clubs and think ‘this is never going to be successful if it stays like this’ because there’s too many people pushing and pulling in the wrong direction.
“You need everybody together and doing the right things, and if they’re not happy, you’ve got to sort it out. You’ve got to make sure it’s done in the right way.
“The relationship with the board feeds into that too.
“That relationship is stronger, and we’re doing it together.
“This is not about the 11 on the pitch, it’s about the club being a club. I think we’ve shown that by bringing the kids in, and having them play in the early rounds of the Carabao Cup.
“We’ve done it with the medical people, getting them involved in certain things and allowing them to have an input.
“It’s important you do that, but then it’s also important you take on board what they tell you, and that they also take on board what I want to do.”
Middlesbrough are currently 4th in the league and just three points off top spot.
As well as achieving success in the league with Boro, Tony Pulis should also be given some credit for helping bring Middlesbrough’s youngsters into the first team picture.
Since Pulis took over, the likes of Lewis Wing, Marcus Tavernier, Harry Chapman and Nathan Wood have all featured for Boro’s senior side.
Wood is just 16 years of age but thanks to Pulis he has been able to showcase his quality and gain some first-team experience in the League Cup.
Tavernier has also shone in the League Cup and scored a screamer in Boro’s last cup match vs Preston.
Wing has also been very impressive both in the cup and in the Championship when he was given a few games at the start of the season.