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Middlesbrough boss Strachan planning closer Sunderland ties

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan can see closer ties developing with Northeast rivals Sunderland.

Strachan is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with his former Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce - but over a cuppa rather than a pint!

"I get on well with Steve and I got on well with him when I was at Manchester United," Strachan said.

"He's a wonderful fella. He was a good kid at United - I enjoyed his company. As a footballer, yes you knew he was cut out for a good career, but I didn't realise he would be that good to be honest. But he's been absolutely terrific."

Asked if he was looking forward to a pint with Bruce, Strachan added: "I usually have a cup of tea rather than a pint, as you can tell by our physiques!''

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