JONATHAN WOODGATE is targeting a double celebration come the end of the season, as the Middlesbrough head coach looks to juggle two very different coaching jobs over the course of the next nine months.

Not only will Woodgate look to ensure Boro attack the Championship with style under his watch, he is also preparing his son’s football team to make a step up in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance League.

The 39-year-old coaches Boro Rangers Under-8s along with Middlesbrough’s Under-23s coach Graeme Lee – and he doesn’t want to be on the losing end of results on a Saturday or Sunday.

As well as training on a Wednesday night, after Woodgate has carried out his pre-match press conference duties for his day job, he will then be leading his seven-year-old son Carter and his team-mates into action on a weekend.

“I will be doing games on a Sunday,” said Woodgate. “It’s grassroots, giving a bit back to the Teesside Junior Alliance, which I used to play in (for Marton). When I saw an ex-footballer or manager coming along to watch I was buzzing. You need patience though!

“We won the league last year, the second division, we got promotion, now we’re in the big lads’ league. If I’m winning with Boro on the Saturday, but losing with the Under-8s on a Sunday and I would be devastated. If we win them both then it will be a double celebration.”

Middlesbrough will be heading to Luton Town on Friday night to open the new EFL season, and Woodgate is hoping to have more signings on board before the game kicks off at Kenilworth Road.

So far he has seen Marcus Browne, Marc Bola and Tomas Mejias join the club, but he knows that more new faces are required after a summer of change at the Riverside Stadium.

“I let Neil and Adrian deal with it,” said Woodgate. “I’m the head coach, I look after all the players.

Woodgate added: "I’m trying to get a team on that pitch which is a good team and I need some more players.  “I’ve not switched off since I got the job, I’ve not switched off, I’ve left no stone un-turned, I’ve given it everything I have in pre-season. I’m not too sure if Neil and Adrian have been sleeping too well though!"

Woodgate makes no secret of the fact he wants more players in. Torino’s Lucas Boye is the latest to have been linked, while Middlesbrough are looking at loans from the Premier League as well as other potential permanent signings.  Middlesbrough have a long list of targets and hope more are confirmed before the trip to Kenilworth Road, although the chances of landing Liverpool’s Ryan Kent appear to be fading as Rangers continue to press on that front.

Woodgate said: “I am optimistic, I think we will sign a few more players it’s important we have everyone fit at the minute. I am sure Neil and Adrian are working as hard as they can. I know what I want myself.”

The Middlesbrough boss revealed that goalkeeper Darren Randolph and skipper George Friend should be available to face Luton after injury lay-offs. Dael Fry is making progress but will not make the opener.

Woodgate can’t wait to get his first season underway in football management and has told Middlesbrough’s fans it’s time to get excited.

The former Real Madrid man has worked since he got the job on making the team more adventurous and attack-minded. Even though there hasn’t been the money flying around for new recruits that previous Middlesbrough managers have had, Wooodgate is satisfied with the progress he has made in a short space of time.

He said: “I would be excited if I was a Middlesbrough fan now. We are a young coaching team, vibrant, we want to buy younger players, get younger players into the team. This is a good time to support Middlesbrough at the minute.”

He added: “I am really excited. We have worked as hard as we could over pre-season and I can’t wait for the first game. Each manager has different philosophies, mine is totally different to how I see the game being played.  “I want to attack teams, press teams. I want to keep clean sheets. There’s a time when you stay compact and then press in different areas. It’s how I see the game being played.”

Middlesbrough turned to Woodgate to take on the reins dropped by Tony Pulis because they felt the respected former defender could take the team in a new direction.

Steve Gibson, the club's chairman, has thrown millions at the Riverside outfit over the years but there is a feeling that in recent years they have lost their way a little, in terms of how they have spent money and not used the reputable academy as much as would have been liked.

The Middlesbrough fans have also been crying out for more entertaining football as well as results, and Woodgate knows he has an opportunity to be the man to turn things around at his hometown club.

He said: “I have a fantastic relationship with the chairman, really good. He has given me a chance. But it is a strictly professional relationship and that is how it will remain.

“I am ready, the chairman thinks I am ready. I think we will be a success. I have the work ethic. With the right players I think we will get that.  “I only had dreams about playing for Boro when I was a child. Since the age of about 30 I would say I have always wanted to manage and this is a privilege to manage Middlesbrough. There are bigger things in life that bring more pressure. But this is a big club for my first job and I will take it in my stride. I just can't wait to get going."