Middlesbrough had no problem with Mark Schwarzer signing for Fulham yesterday.

Boro chief executive Keith Lamb said: "I think Mark and Middlesbrough could probably do with a change.

"We did offer him a new two-year deal, but he has chosen to go elsewhere, which is obviously his prerogative.

"We wish Mark well in his new career at Fulham, but his move creates a fantastic opportunity for either Brad Jones or Ross Turnbull to succeed him as our new first-choice goalkeeper."