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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 February 2008, 19:37 GMT
Lamb backs '39th game' proposals
Boro fans forum 2008
Lamb (far left) is largely in favour of the plans to play games abroad
Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has told BBC Tees he is largely in favour of the Premier League's proposal to play matches abroad in 2010-11.

Lamb says the financial aspects of an extra game are attractive, as Middlesbrough lost 17m last year.

He said: "It's not all about money but it's not far off when you sit where I do. If we can get 5m out of playing in a foreign country it's a big help.

"I cannot keep going to the chairman with a begging bowl every year."

Speaking at Tuesday's Boro Fans' Forum, Lamb says the money pumped into the club by chairman Steve Gibson is keeping Boro in the Premier League.

"We are very fortunate we have stability in the club and we have Steve Gibson behind us, who is there to pick up the pieces," he added.


"We lost 17m but we retained our Premier League status and that is because of Steve Gibson.

"I have got to consider anything that will bring more money into the football club to allow us to buy the best players that we can afford and who want to come to Middlesbrough."

However Lamb does have some reservations about the proposal, particularly on a football level.

"I can only find one flaw in it and that is the one that has been described as the 'sporting integrity flaw'," he said.

"I find it odd that you can play 39 games and it might mean that one of those games is against a team you have to play three times.

"That is the only reason I can find for not doing it."

You can hear the entire BBC Tees Fans' Forum live on Wednesday, 13 February from 1800 GMT on BBC Tees. (95FM, DAB and online at

From Thursday morning you will be able to listen to and watch the entire forum on the BBC Sport website.

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