Report: Ajax coach Michael Reiziger under consideration for Middlesbrough job

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...

Championship outfit Middlesbrough could reportedly bring Michael Reiziger back to the Riverside with Jonathan Woodgate also lined up to replace Tony Pulis.

coach Michael Reiziger of Ajax U23  during the Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie  match between Ajax U23 v Almere City at the De Toekomst on May 3, 2019 in Amsterdam Netherlands

Former Middlesbrough defender Michael Reiziger is under consideration to return to the Riverside as the club’s new head coach, according to the Northern Echo.

Boro brought an end to Tony Pulis’s underwhelming reign on Friday after they finished seventh in the Championship, missing out on a place in the play-offs.

 

And while owner Steve Gibson was expected to hand the reigns to first-team coach Jonathan Woodgate, the 39-year-old is not the only one-time Boro defender who is being lined up.

The Northern Echo believes that Dutchman Reiziger could be on his way back to the North East after impressing in his role as the head coach of Jong Ajax.

Michael Reiziger of Middlesbrough in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Southampton and Middlesbrough at St. Mary's Stadium on December 11, 2004 in London, England.

The 46-year-old, who started his playing career with the Amsterdam giants before moving on to Milan and Barcelona, led Ajax’s reserves to the second tier title in 2018 – the first time they have ever won the league.

Reiziger, then, would be expected to bring a brand of Total Football to a Middlesbrough side who scored fewer goals than relegated Rotherham last season.

The Northern Echo adds that Aitor Karanka, who guided Middlesbrough to the Premier League two years ago, has put himself in contention for a shock return to Riverside – although this is viewed as ‘extremely unlikely’.

Aitor Karanka manager of Middlesbrough celebrates as they reach the final after the Sky Bet Championship Playoff semi final second leg match between Middlesbrough and Brentford at the...

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