Report: Jonathan Woodgate 'expected' to get Middlesbrough job after Tony Pulis sacking

Tony Pulis, manager of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at the City Ground, Nottingham on Monday 22nd April 2019.

Boro owner Steve Gibson sacked Tony Pulis on Friday after the Riverside club finished seventh in the Championship table.

Boro manager Tony Pulis in discussion with coach Jonathan Woodgate (r) during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Newport County AFC and Middlesbrough at Rodney Parade on February...

Jonathan Woodgate is ‘expected’ to be announced as Middlesbrough’s next manager after the Championship club put Tony Pulis out of his misery on Friday, as reported by the Mail.

Pulis’s year-and-a-half reign at the Riverside came to a perhaps belated end just two weeks after the end of the 2018/19 season and few Boro fans will be mourning the departure of a manager who never really won over the supporters.

 

An experienced and talented Middlesbrough squad finished seventh in the Championship, missing out on the play-offs, and Pulis’s typically pragmatic style was laid bare by a record of just 49 goals in 46 games. Even relegated Rotherham United scored more.

But instead of hiring a proven Championship manager, such as the newly available Chris Hughton, the Mail claims that Boro owner Steve Gibson will hand former defender Woodgate his first managerial role.

Steve Gibson, Middlesbrough chairman looks on from the stands during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester United at Riverside Stadium on March 19, 2017 in...

The 39-year-old made over 100 appearances in two spells at the Riverside in his playing days and he has been the club’s first-team coach since March 2017.

It remains to be seen whether Woodgate can get the best out of raw talents such as Britt Assombalonga, Dael Fry and Marcus Tavernier – should they stay that is.

Victor Anichebe (L) of Everton vies for the ball against Jonathan Woodgate of Middlesbrough during their Premier league football match at Goodison Park 30 September 2007 in Liverpool. AFP...

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