We spoke to Chris Wilder at the end of Boro's season with the manager looking ahead to what he believes will be an important summer for the club.

The manager spoke to his first team squad individually on Monday to outline where he sees their futures. 

“I’ve always done this as manager,” he said.  “It’s not the easiest of days but they all need to know where this club is going now.

“Individually they’ve all been told. I’m here to make decisions for the football club and I believe I’ve made the right decisions.

“Players will come in which is a huge excitement and to do that we will balance it off so there will be deals done. It’s important we maximise the values of players who won’t be on the journey, and that will come to fruition in time.

“Some players need to go out to further their careers and there’s some players who won’t be part of the journey through certain situations, and there are areas I want to improve. There’s always a reason behind the decisions and they are made for the best of the football club. You can’t change everything overnight, but you will see a lot of changes now.”

The boss also moved to thank the players who are out of contract or at the end of their loan period with the club.

"We thank them all," he said. "From the loan players' point of view it maybe hasn’t worked out as they’d have liked.

"It’s been a difficult period for us on that one, but the other guys whose contracts have expired – Sol, Lee Peltier, and Neil Taylor – they’ve been exemplary professionals for us, both on and off the pitch. They’re all fabulous guys and have great qualities so I thank them as well."