Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will not have to sell players next month with the club in a far healthier financial position than 12 months ago.

The likes of David Wheater, Gary O'Neil, Kris Boyd and Leroy Lita have all left the Riverside Stadium since Mowbray's appointment with chairman Steve Gibson reining in expenditure in the face of a third season outside the Barclays Premier League.

However, Mowbray has been assured there will be no need for further cost-cutting as he attempts to maintain a promotion bid.

He told the club's official website: "Financially, we are hugely stronger than when David Wheater had to go.

"I knew the quicker we got to ground zero the sooner we could push on and I could build a team knowing we didn't have to sell any more.

"But after we sold Leroy Lita in the summer, the chairman was happy that we didn't need to sell any more and could manage."