The change of management at The Riverside Stadium has been a welcome one, with Middlesbrough transitioning from the dull football under Tony Pulis to a more exciting, expansive style under new boss Jonathan Woodgate.

One player who is certainly reaping the rewards at Middlesbrough this season is midfielder Paddy McNair.

Last season, the Northern Ireland international didn’t play a single game in his preferred position of central-midfield, with the 24-year old often deployed at right-back or in the centre of defence.

Now in an interview with Teesside Live, McNair has spoken out against former-manager Tony Pulis.

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“Last year we had such a boring style of play, we were so negative,” he said. “Now we are playing positive again so I think there is always a bit of a transition. It’s going to take a few games to play that way but everyone is enjoying it and we are all looking forward to the games ahead.”

Asked if the midfielder was happier playing under the new manager, he said:

“I’m really enjoying it, the style of football we are playing compared to last year’s is completely different. Everyone is enjoying so that’s the main thing.

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“Everyone is enjoying training and there is a good vibe about the place so I think the results will definitely come.”

McNair has been one of the standout players for Middlesbrough so far this season, and he will be hoping that he can continue his fine form against Reading at The Riverside Stadium this coming Saturday.


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