Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has spoken out about how together the club is, and the Welshman believes it will stand them in good stead in the long run.

In an interview which appeared in The Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough boss Pulis spoke of how everyone is pulling in the same direction at the club, and after 10 months in charge of the Teessiders, there is definitely evidence of progress having been made.

“If you speak to people at the club, everybody is together now,” he said. “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.”

Middlesbrough’s illustrious academy has produced plenty of top talents over the years, and Pulis has given youth players chances in this season’s league cup already. He may keep faith with the youngsters, and they could be given an opportunity in this month’s Round of 16 clash with Premier League side Crystal Palace.

“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.

It’s not just personnel which seem closer, but the relationship between the board and management.

“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,” Pulis explained. “That relationship is stronger, and we’re doing it together.

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