Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate has made a bold claim, comparing his boyhood club and the side he turned out for in his playing days, Newcastle United.

Woodgate played for Newcastle United during the 2003-04 campaign, before his difficult three years in Madrid. He enjoyed a successful spell at St. James Park, where he also managed to get called up to the England team.

Now, the current Middlesbrough manager has made comparisons between his two former sides, Boro and Newcastle, in an interview with Teesside Live this week.

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“This football club (Middlesbrough) is a big football club, who’s done well” he said.

“I know we’ve only been in the Premier League once in 10 years, but we’ve been to a UEFA Cup final, we won the Carling Cup, Newcastle haven’t.”

He continued to address the comparison between the two North-East sides.

“When was the last time Newcastle went to a UEFA Cup final?” he boasted. “Our history is better than theirs in recent times, I’d say. It’s a big club.”

Woodgate was addressing Boro’s new signings Marc Bola and Anfernee Dijksteel’s time at the club so far , claiming there is a pressure to do well at the Riverside given the size of the club.

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Dijksteel and Bola will be expected to play from the off on Saturday against Reading at The Riverside given the injury issues at Middlesbrough at the moment. First and even second choice full backs Jonny Howson, George Friend and Hayden Coulson,,are all out of action on the treatment table.


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