After Jonathan Woodgate was unveiled as Boro's new head coach yesterday, we've been taking a look at how the back pages covered the news.
Daily Mirror - Woody's Wonders
Jonathan Woodgate wants to rebuild Middlesbrough using lessons learned from the “great managers and players” he has worked with.
Chairman Steve Gibson unveiled the former England defender as Boro's new head coach on Friday — a man on a mission to nurture their crop of talented kids and “get in the mix” for promotion from the Championship next season.
He is the latest managerial rookie to launch a coaching career at the Riverside Stadium, following Bryan Robson, Steve McClaren, Gareth Southgate and Aitor Karanka. And those all ended up doing rather well.
Local lad Woodgate set the tone for the “high standards” he will demand from his stars by pulling up his boss Gibson for not wearing a club tie, and admonishing journalists for arriving 30 seconds late. All in good humour, of course.
The 39-year-old wants to join former team-mates Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Scott Parker and Lee Bowyer, all recently retired from playing, among a new generation of successful coaches.
He thought back to his Leeds days, when he chased the title and the Champions League as a teenager in a team David O’Leary called “my babies”.
Woodgate said: “O’Leary was in exactly the same position as I am now. A 40-year-old, he put young players in, and what did we do, sink or swim? We swam. That’s what’ll happen at this club. I will 100% put a young player in, if he is better than the senior player, it’s as simple as that.”
The Sun - Woodgate Vows To Bring A Bit Of Real Madrid To Middlesbrough
Jonathan Woodgate vowed to bring a bit of the Bernabeu to Boro as he begins his managerial career.
The ex-England defender, 39, was yesterday confirmed as boss of his home-town team Middlesbrough on a three-year deal.
And Woodgate admits he will draw from the experience of all of his former clubs — including his seasons alongside Real Madrid’s Galacticos from 2004-07.
He said: “Going to Real Madrid as a boy from Middlesbrough was unbelievable.
“I had a year there when I did a lot of thinking and I probably grew up there as a man. I was injured for a long period but you learn every day from the bigger players at that club.
“Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Raul, David Beckham, they were all humble guys. But they do things right, their standards were bang on and that’s what this club will get back to.”
Jonathan Woodgate is the new Boro boss. Whenever that was pointed out to him you could see his heart swell and his face light up.
What shone through every minute of his impressive first press conference was his unquenchable pride at being installed in his dream job. Woodgate is Boro to the core, a product of the town and a dyed in the wool supporter from before he could walk.
He is a fan with impeccable credentials. He was at the epoch defining Port Vale match at Hartlepool at the age of six and cheered the team on at Ayresome Park before the boom.
He is the archetypal Teessider with an accent as wide as the Transporter and at several points he had a smile to match.
You could see the unspoken emotion bubbling up when he talked about his deep personal connection with the club and the pride he knew his Boro barmy dad Alan would have felt and the legacy of loyalty he had passed on to son Carter, whose seventh birthday it was on Friday.
Woodgate became more assertive by the minute as he set out his blueprint for an expansive, passing high-tempo approach with confidence and belief, his voice growing more commanding as he underlined the key phrases.
He dealt deftly with questions about tactics and style, hit strong and certain notes in talking about using the talent in the Academy and several times returned to his key theme of attacking, pressing football and goals.
And key words too pounded like a big beefy bass through the half-hour introduction: ‘Attacking’, ‘vibrant’, ‘high standards,’ ‘values,’ ‘pass the ball,’ ‘scoring goals’.
Northern Echo - We Want To Get Boro Fans On The Edge Of Their Seat
Jonathan Woodgate was bursting with pride after being appointed as Middlesbrough’s new head coach, and on his first day in charge of his hometown team vowed to implement a style of football that will bring back fans to the Riverside.
His appointment was finally confirmed yesterday morning and hours later the beaming 39-year-old addressed the media when he talked of wanting to set high standards, of producing a passing team and a desire to give teenagers from the club’s academy a chance.
During his days as a defender that saw him play for Leeds United, Real Madrid and Newcastle among others, Woodgate played under managers such as Sir Bobby Robson, Terry Venables and Harry Redknapp, and he cited them all as influential in his approach to management, while he was also had words of praise for Aitor Karanka and his predecessor Tony Pulis.
Woodgate has replaced Pulis on a three-year deal, with his coaching team comprising ex-Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane as well as Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne.
“I’m proud as punch, I’m delighted,” said Woodgate, who is originally from Nunthorpe and attended his first Middlesbrough match as a five-year-old.
“When I talk about family it’s my dad I mean really, he’d be proud. It’s my son’s birthday so I will remember this day as long as I live.
“He’s a Boro fan but he’s everyone’s fan because he wants every kit going! But he is a Boro fan and hopefully he will be like me and love the club like I do.”
Daily Telegraph - New Middlesbrough Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate Says He Wants To Restore Attacking Football
Jonathan Woodgate wants to change perceptions of Middlesbrough by introducing a new attacking style of play after stepping into his first head coach role.
Woodgate, a former Boro player and captain, was the popular choice to replace Tony Pulis, despite his lack of experience.
The 39-year-old has spent his formative years as a coach working with Boro’s young players at various age groups and is keen to draw on that knowledge as the club tries to reinvent itself in the Championship.
“I want to really promote the youth,” said Woodgate, who will be assisted by his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Robbie Keane. “We've got players in there who can play in the first team.
“We've got players who can play now and players who can play in the future. I know the club inside out from Under-12s to the Under-23s to the first team. It's important we play that style all the way through the club.
"I want to pass the ball. Pass the ball, keep the ball, I want players to run with the ball, it's important that when you lose the ball you win it back as quickly as possible.
“Obviously don't go gung-ho, there are times to press and to know when to press. That's my philosophy, that's what I want to do. I want to win games scoring goals. If you look at this league now, you go up by scoring goals. If you don't, you won't go up.”
The Times – Woodgate ‘Honoured’ To Take Reins At The Riverside
Jonathan Woodgate has been appointed the new head coach of Middlesbrough on a three-year contract, tasked with developing the club’s young players and committed to a brand of football that he hopes will restore enthusiasm at the Riverside Stadium.
Woodgate, the former England international, takes charge of his hometown team, where he will be joined by the Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane – his former teammate at Leeds and Tottenham Hotspur – Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne, the goalkeeping coach.
The 39-year-old, who had two spells as a Middlesbrough player and also played for Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Stoke City, replaces Tony Pulis, who left the club when his contract expired at the end of last season, after Middlesbrough had finished a point outside the play-off positions in the Sky Bet Championship.
“It’s a huge honour,” Woodgate, who was an assistant coach under Pulis, said.
“I’ve been a Boro fan since I was six when my dad took me to Ayresome Park. We’ve got a fantastic squad, we can be right up there. I want to promote the youth. We’ve got players who can play in the first team.
“Firstly, I want to pass the ball. Keep the ball. Run with the ball. If you give it away, win it back as quickly as possible. I want to win games by scoring goals. You go up by scoring goals."