Neil Warnock spoke of his excitement after committing his future to Boro...
The vastly experienced boss was brought in midway through last month to secure the club’s Championship safety.
And having achieved that objective with four wins from eight games in charge, he is delighted to be setting sights on a full season with the Boro.
“I’ve really enjoyed myself since I’ve come up here,” he said.
“The people in the area have made me and my family really welcome.
“It’s been hard work, make no mistake. But this is a great club, and I’d like to take it towards the other end of the table.
“I just felt it was the right thing to do, to continue to shape the squad and take it forward. That’s what I’m going to try and do.”
The Boro manager revealed that positive discussions with Chairman Steve Gibson offered further encouragement to continue at the helm.
“Steve asked me for a true appraisal of everything and that’s what I did,” Warnock said.
“He was very helpful, he wants to improve the things I want improving and take the club forward.
“He’s always supportive of his managers isn’t he. I probably should have worked for him 20 years ago, 15, 10, five - but it is how it is and I’m going to enjoy it.
“I must have retired about five times now, but there’s always something that’s brought me back, a challenge, helping somebody out, and this is a similar situation.”
Warnock reiterated that reshaping the playing staff will be high on his agenda for the coming campaign.
“It won’t be easy, we need quite a large influx of players and I’ll be doing my best over the next few weeks to get the right ones,” he said.
“Neil Bausor is helping as well, we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet really in terms of improving the squad. There might have to be sales as well but you don’t know what’s around the corner regarding that.
“It’s important that it’s a lot more structured squad than it has been and there are more options, especially defensive wise.
“We’re trying to change the squad around, and we need a bit of luck because you need the new lads to settle quickly.
“Some do, some don’t, but some of the players I’m trying to sign have been there and done it all, I want one or two down that spine who can change the mentality.”
The Boro boss has now jetted off to his Cornwall base from Teesside International Airport, taking full advantage of the new service to Newquay, to enjoy some family time before the hard work begins in earnest.
“I must admit I need a few days! It’s been non-stop really,” he said.
“It seems like about four years, let alone four weeks. But it has been enjoyable, the people have welcomed me, the players have given me everything and I’ve had a great response from them.
“That’s all I could ask for, and it was great to get the wins. We’ve not done it at home yet but hopefully when the fans come back we can start performing at home as well and have a real good go."