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Five candidates to replace Tony Mowbray at Middlesbrough?

Here are five possible candidates to take over at the Riverside Stadium, including former Stoke, Sunderland, and Derby bosses.

This evening saw Tony Mowbray leave Middlesbrough after a run which saw the team win only one of their last ten league outings. Saturday’s 3-2 defeat away at Barnsley left them 16th in the Championship and only four points off of the relegation places.

So after three years, Boro chairman Steve Gibson finds himself looking for a replacement for a man who was the longest serving manager in the league. We look at who could replace him.

Tony Pulis – The early favourite for the job. Left Stoke at the end of last season by mutual consent after seven years. Gained promotion in 2008 to the Premier League and never finished lower than 14th in the division. Also took them to their first ever FA Cup Final in 2011, losing 1-0 to Manchester City and the last 32 of the Europa League in 2012, losing 2-0 on aggregate to Valencia.

Alex McLeish – Been out of management since February after leaving Nottingham Forest by mutual consent. Won the Scottish Premier League twice with Rangers in 2003 and 2005. Gained promotion to the Premier League with Birmingham City in 2009 and won the League Cup in 2011 beating Arsenal 2-1 at Wembley before leaving at the end of the season after failing to keep the club up. He then joined bitter rivals Aston Villa five days later, but left after just one season which ended with a 16th place finish.

Nigel Clough – Sacked by Derby just over three weeks ago after a 1-0 defeat to rivals Nottingham Forest. Joined the club in 2009 after over ten years in charge of non league Burton Albion.  Left Burton top of the Conference after a run of 11 straight league wins.

Roy Keane – Currently a pundit on television after being sacked by Ipswich Town in January 2011. His first managerial role at local rivals Sunderland saw him take over with the club second bottom of the Championship in 2006 before guiding them to the league title. After surviving their first season in the top flight, the former Manchester United captain resigned in November 2008 with the club in the relegation zone after losing five of their previous six.

Martin O’Neill - Another former Sunderland boss who was sacked in March of this year with the club a point off of the relegation zone and replaced by Paolo Di Canio. Previously had success with Wycombe Wanderers and Leicester City, winning the League Cup twice with the latter. Won the Scottish Premier League three times with Celtic and led them to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003, where they were beaten 3-2 in extra time by Jose Mourinho’s Porto.  Also guided Aston Villa to three successive sixth place finishes in the Premier League but resigned five days before the start of the 2010/11 season.

Middlesbrough fans, who do you want in charge? Let us know.

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