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.
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.
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