Middlesbrough: Caretaker boss Mark Venus after permanent role

Mark Venus says he wants the Middlesbrough job on a permanent basis.

Venus, 46, took temporary control when Tony Mowbray left the club in October and has collected four points from three games in charge.

Against Watford, individual errors cost us. Would a new manager change that? That's really for other people to decide

Middlesbrough caretaker manager Mark Venus

With Boro not playing until 23 November after the international break, Venus is hoping his future can be sorted out.

He told BBC Tees: "Hopefully these two weeks allow the club to make some plans and if that means them offering me the position then yes I do want it."

The 46-year-old made a flying to start after stepping up from his role as Mowbray's assistant by comprehensively beating Doncaster 4-0 at the Riverside but since then they have lost 1-0 to Blackburn and drawn with Watford.

Prior to the match against the Hornets, Boro chairman Steve Gibson promised Venus the opportunity to stake a claim for the job and allowed him to bring in defender Daniel Ayala on loan.

New manager syndrome?

Tony Mowbray departed as Boro boss with the club 16th in the Championship, 10 points from the play-offs places.

Venus's side remain in the same position, two points closer to the top six.

However, Venus claims any decisions on outgoing transfers are not on his current agenda when pressed about reports linking Lukas Jutkiewicz with a move to Blackburn.

"That's just speculation but, to be honest, I wouldn't know if there was anything happening anyway," he explained.

"It's been the same from the start, I just go into work every day. I'm doing my job and feel like the players are responding to the messages I'm trying to get across.

"Against Watford it was individual errors that cost us and it's for other people to decide whether or not a new manager would change that."