The Teessiders head to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on Sunday.
Here's what was up for discussion at Rockliffe Park:
Reflecting on his spell since becoming Boro Head Coach:
"I've enjoyed it in some ways because I knew it was a huge challenge. But at the end of the season we didn't get what we set out to achieve and that has come as a huge disappointment.
"The players and I have a very good relationship based on mutual respect, but together we haven't won enough football matches.
"It's been difficult to accept, but at the same time I've learnt lots and learning about yourself helps you move forward."
On talks about his future with Boro Chairman Steve Gibson:
"We haven't had discussions yet. The Chairman is the best because he allows you to get on with the job.
"I'm sure we will speak at some point, but I don't know when.
"The situation is very delicate because of the way the season has gone. There will be a lot of reflection, what went well, what went wrong and where we are.
"There are conversations that will go on through the summer, and the club will give ourselves every chance of a quick start next season."
On the spirit in Boro's dressing room:
"Over the past few years, the football club has had a very good, tight dressing room.
"That's been evident with getting promoted, and it's what creates a hard-working and successful environment. That's what we have to get back to, to hit the ground running next season.
"The core group has played a lot of Championship games and had success. We need experienced campaigners and to bring some hungry, committed players in as well."
On Sunday's season finale at Liverpool:
"We have to prepare for the game ahead.
"We do all our coaching and analysis to set the team to go to Anfield and put in a top-class performance for our away supporters.
"Anfield's an amazing stadium, and there will be a full house and a wonderful atmosphere.
"It's a great game for us to play in. Liverpool need to win, and I know speaking to the players everyone's looking forward to it."