Robson happy to stay at Boro

Last updated : 05 January 2011 By Northern Echo

Boro boss Tony Mowbray is under pressure to sell several of his prize assets this month to balance the books of the cash-strapped Teessiders. 

David Wheater, Scott McDonald, Gary O'Neil, Kris Boyd and Robson are all expected to leave the club by the end of the January transfer window as Mowbray attempts to reduce the high wage bill.

Yet Robson has made it known he wants to stay and help the club fight against relegation and climb the Championship table. 

But asked whether he would be at the club in February, the Scotland international said: "I think that is a question you need to ask the manager about every player. I don't know what his thoughts are on that. 

"All I'm trying to do is play well, as every other player is. If the manager is wanting rid of anyone, or if any clubs are wanting players, or are there players wanting to leave, I don't know.

"I haven't spoken to the manager. I've hardly played in the last couple of months.

"I am happy to stop here. Since I've came here everything has been good for me. I've picked up a player of the year award and I've enjoyed it. I think the fans have enjoyed me being here. I know it hasn't worked out for the last five of six weeks but that is football."

When the Scotland international arrived from Celtic in last January's transfer window the brochure read: promotion through the play-offs within five months or, failing that, automatic elevation the following season. 

Obviously the picture painted by the brochure was wrong and Boro are now struggling at the wrong end of the table. But Robson believes that had the club been blessed with a bit of better fortune this would not have been the case.

"We pushed for a play off spot and we just missed that, and we were in mid-table when I come," reflected Robson. "The start of the season came and I never got a pre-season and never played. And then there was a few injuries and it was hard for us. We never really got that continuity of the team playing and other players playing. Then we went on a bad run and the manager (Gordon Strachan) left. Tony Mowbray has come in and he's tried to put his point across.

"For myself I had a three game suspension; then I missed two games with a thigh injury and then I missed two games with an illness so I've hardly played in the last two months for one reason or another. It has been frustrating for me.''

He added: "But when you look at the whole generalisation, we've played two of the top four teams in just three days and we've dominated them. We've shown we have some good players here but we need to get that winning mentality and start killing teams off and making sure we can move up the table.

"We've got a chance to move away but it is going to be hard. You can never take anything for granted. I don't like to look too far into the future because you can think you can get points here and get points there but it never seems to happen. It's just head down, concentrate on the next game that is coming and try and do your best with that.

"But fingers crossed we can get some results and push up that table."

Former Boro striker Mido has had his contract at Ajax terminated at his own request. The 27-year-old, who joined the Dutch giants on a free transfer in September last year, had scored four goals in 11 matches for them.

Source: Northern Echo

Source: Northern Echo