Jonathan Woodgate says he wants to excite the Boro supporters with an attacking style of football after being appointed head coach.
Woodgate was revealed as the club’s new head coach on Friday morning.
He says he wants to instil a high energy brand of football to excite the fans at the Riverside, as well as blooding some of the Academy players.
“We want to get fans on the edge of their seat. We want as many fans back in the stadium as we can by playing attacking, exciting football with high pressure, pressing in different areas,” he said.
“I’m not just talking about gung-ho, I’m talking about players running the extra yard, knowing when to press, how to press and I’m looking to bring kids through the system and that’s really important for this football club.
“In the last few years we’ve maybe gone away from doing that, but I know every player from the Under-12s to Under-23s to first team level and I know what they can do.
“I won’t be frightened to put a young player in and the fans can start connecting with them, because they have a hunger and a desire to learn and go forward.”
Woodgate heads up a new coaching team which includes his former Leeds United and Tottenham teammate Robbie Keane, one-time Boro goalkeeping coach Leo Percovich and experienced ex-goalkeeper Danny Coyne.
The 39-year-old believes it’s important to have members of the backroom staff who know the club well, as well as landing a coup in the form of former Republic of Ireland international Keane.
“I’ve brought Leo (Percovich) in as part of the staff and I think it’s really important that I tap into Leo,” he said.
“He was brilliant under Aitor, he had his back, he was trustworthy, he has a connection with the whole of Middlesbrough and he brings a lot to the party.
“As well as Robbie Keane – I think that’s a fantastic appointment for the football club. You can look at the history, at the amount of times you’ve had a striker of his ilk in the backroom team, and it’s very rare that we’ve had it.
“The goalkeeping coach, Danny Coyne, he’ll do really well for us. I’ve spoken to him at length and all three of them know what pathway we want to take.
“We’ve got to have a philosophy at the club and I certainly believe in it. It’s what I’ve grown up believing in.
“I’ve had managers play the style of football that I want to play and I’ve bought into it and my coaching staff have done exactly the same.”
Watch Jonathan Woodgate’s first interview as Boro head coach in the video player above.