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Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan insists he had to let Adam Johnson leave the club.

"We were a golfer with a great drive and nothing else, and we had the yips."

Gordon Strachan

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Strachan was a huge fan of the now Manchester City winger, but the Scot admits the club were too reliant on him.

Strachan used the £7million brought in from City, to bolster other areas of his squad.

"I would have liked him to have stayed, he was a great lad who had been brought up right, but we were a golfer with a great drive and nothing else," he said.

"And we had the yips."

Strachan also rubbished reports that he had introduced two-a-day training sessions: "Two training sessions a day was a fallacy," he explains.

"You'd be lucky if I did it twice. I have not had the bodies to train them two times a day.

"As for my training being hard, I could do this stuff myself seven years ago.

"A 45-year-old could do it. I know that for a fact because I did it.

"It wasn't hard. As a matter of fact, it has not been hard enough.

"The summer will be a good time to do a lot harder work. There is no time to do it here now.

"What I did have to do was watch and see who was fit, who needed work and who had let themselves go.

"I cannot tell you who they were. But it was not hard work at all. What the lads at Celtic would call hard work was completely different to what lads here call hard work.

"At Celtic they would claim it the norm. At Southampton and Coventry they would call it the norm. But as you ask, we would spend between 10 per cent and 15 per cent running. The rest is coaching and we do a lot of coaching.

"I have to be honest. It has not been easy. It was not an easy time to take over.

"There is no excuse for results. I'm not sitting here and saying give me time, that is nonsense and I'm not for that."


Strachan also hailed Middlesbrough's fans, despite the fact they had booed his team off not long after he took charge.

"That's what happens. Fans get scared seeing their club slide away," he said.

"I've not got a problem with Middlesbrough fans. As a matter of fact I think they've been absolutely terrific.

"They are still shaking my hand and wishing me good luck.

"The warmth of the people up here has taken me aback. They're smashing and so friendly.

"They've not had much to shout about in the last year and a half. The home form has been horrific.

"People say they have booed after certain games. What do you expect them to do?

"It's not a Middlesbrough disease. Everywhere you go, Sky will say at the end of a game the fans were booing.

"Of course they were. It's not this player or that player or the manager, it's the performance.

"It's when they start ripping your car up and spitting at you that it gets serious!

"Fans are like players sometimes. In the heat of the battle you do things and say things that you later think, 'Oh God, what was I thinking about?'

"I'm actually a nice person but on the pitch I could act like a backside. Fans are a bit like that sometimes. The game does that to you."