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Strachan explains O'Neil absence

06 Apr 2010 14:44:25

Strachan explains O'Neil absence

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan says financial reasons caused the omission of Gary O'Neil at Plymouth on Monday.O'Neil, who has made 99 appearances for Boro, has a clause in his deal triggering a £1m pay-out to former club Portsmouth when he reaches 100 games. "I do the footballing side; other people do the financial side," Strachan told BBC Tees. "We talked [about O'Neil] and this is the best decision." The midfielder signed a new contract in December to stay at the club till 2012. Mid.... read more


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