The manager joined a Zoom call with the Middlesbrough Supporters Forum, which comprises of representatives of a number of leading fan groups who follow the club.

“I asked if I could do something because I really enjoy speaking with the fans,” said the Boro boss. 

“When I got talking it was nearly two hours. I think it’s important for me to do things like that. 

“No disrespect to the journalists or the media, but I like speaking with the fans because you can talk direct to them, you get their questions and give them an answer.”

The call included representatives of the Twe12th Man, Red Faction, MOSC 2020, MDSA, Boro North America, Rainbow Reds, FMTTM, and One Boro.

“There was a really good mix of people and different supporter groups,” said the boss. 

“I enjoyed talking to them all – there was one young lady from New York – and I didn’t realise we had such a wide and diverse group of supporters clubs.

The manager also met members of staff and their families following Saturday's game against Reading in a matchday hospitality pilot when he took part in a Q&A with Bernie Slaven.

“It’s unfortunate we can’t go out and do this type of thing person because I do enjoy meeting people, but even by Zoom, it was good fun and I hope everyone else enjoyed it.”

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