"Mike is a talented, loyal and friendly character who helped me achieve a degree in sports journalism. I found his expert advice and extensive knowledge extremely valuable. He's not only an accomplished writer but a great guy who works hard with a constant smile." George Friend, Middlesbrough FC captain
"I worked closely with Mike after I joined Boro and he played a part in helping me settle at the club so quickly. It was always a pleasure working with him and I knew I could trust him to offer honest and useful advice." Aitor Karanka, Manager, Nottingham Forest
"Mike is a true gentleman who is full of integrity, honesty, humility and faith. My family will be forever grateful for his support and friendship over the years and although I was disappointed to see him leave MFC, I wish him every success in this exciting venture." Dave Parnaby, ex-Academy Manager, Middlesbrough FC
"Mike covered Boro and helped look after the media during an incredible 14 years in the club's history. He was always professional, welcoming and a pleasure to deal with. He's a top man and I wish him nothing but success and am sure he will go from strength to strength.
RIP Ali, February 14 2016" BBC Tees presenter Alastair Brownlee