Maccarone willing to fight
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Massimo Maccarone has pledged to fight for his place at Middlesbrough.
Uefa Cup hero Massimo Maccarone has pledged to fight for his place at Middlesbrough.
The Italian international has again seen his chances limited this season and has managed just four goals.
However, his most recent strike in the 4-1 Uefa Cup quarter final second leg win against Basel has seen his name etched into club folklore.
His goal, the winner, came in the final minute of a memorable night at The Riverside and it sent Boro into the last four.
"I have had a difficult six months before this goal," Maccarone told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"It is a goal that repays many things. It is a goal dedicated to Boro's supporters who continue to be close with me and ask me why I don't play.
"Why don't I play? Because coach McClaren considers me fourth choice from the forwards."
Maccarone, who has a year left on his current contract, is determined to prove his worth with the club.
"Between the Uefa Cup semi-finals and the English cup's quarter finals - I hope to find a space in the side," he continued.
"My contract expires in 2007 and I'd like to stay and repay the supporters and show who I really am.
"But sincerely I wouldn't be able to tolerate another season of hell."
Siena remain keen on Maccarone, after he spent a successful loan spell there last season, and it is believed they are one of a number of Italian clubs who could offer the Boro man a return home.