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Middlesbrough chief Parnaby admits Johnson, Downing bright spots among sad stories

Middlesbrough youth chief Dave Parnaby admits the success of Adam Johnson and Stewart Downing doesn't make his life any easier.

The former Boro wingers are enjoying great success on the Premier League, Downing with Aston Villa and Johnson at Manchester City.

But Parnaby told the Daily Mail: "Adam and Stewart are the nice bits.

"But there have been some sad stories too.

"When I first meet the parents I tell them if you are a gambler put your money on us releasing your lad because that is what happens to the majority."

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