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Report: Gabriel Batistuta is interested in managing Middlesbrough

28 May 1995:  Gabriel Batistuta (right) of Fiorentina takes on Fernando Louto

Middlesbrough are on the lookout for a new manager but is Gabriel Batistuta the answer?

Gabriel Batistuta of Argentina talks during The Best FIFA Football Awards at TPC Studio on January 9, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.

According to a report from ESPN, former Argentina forward Gabriel Batistuta has expressed his interest to take over the vacant managerial role at Middlesbrough in the summer.

Boro have been in search of a new manager since parting ways with Tony Pulis earlier this week. Boro finished just one point below sixth-placed Derby County and their failure to get into the playoffs cost Pulis his job.

Former England international Jonathan Woodgate has been heavily linked with the job at Boro but Batistuta's interest in the role could change things. 

 

The club's minimum target next season would be to make it into the playoffs and Boro will have to get their managerial appointment right to have any chance of getting anywhere near the playoffs.

The Argentine has completed his coaching badges but is yet to manage a club in his career. Batistuta had a stellar playing career with the likes of Fiorentina and AS Roma but his inexperience in management makes him a massive gamble. 

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.

However, Boro's biggest problem this season has been with the lack of goals scored. Tony Pulis' side managed just 49 goals in the Championship, the worst record among the top 15 teams in the league. 

Batistuta's appointment could potentially have a positive impact on their attack and the Argentine's incredible goalscoring record over the years could change Boro's fortunes in the Championship next season. 

Argentinian soccer player Gabriel Batistuta runs for the ball 04 July 1993, during their match against Mexico of the American Cup. Argentinia won the cup 2-1.  AFP PHOTO

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