Middlesbrough legend Bernie Slaven issues verdict on Jonathan Woodgate and Robbie Keane

Middlesbrough 1-1 Manchester United, premier league match at Ayresome Park, Saturday 3rd October 1992. Bernie Slaven.

Boro will be managed by hometown hero Woodgate next season, with Keane assisting him in the dugout.

Middlesbrough 1-1 Manchester United, premier league match at Ayresome Park, Saturday 3rd October 1992. Bernie Slaven.

Middlesbrough legend Bernie Slaven has offered his verdict on new manager Jonathan Woodgate following the club's appointment on Friday.

The 39-year-old, whose playing career saw him turn out for the likes of Boro, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United and Newcastle United as well as the England national team, has replaced Tony Pulis in the Riverside Stadium dugout on a three-year deal.

Woodgate, who made 112 appearances for Middlesbrough over two spells, will be assisted by former Leeds and Tottenham teammate Robbie Keane at the club, as well as Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne, the new coaching team tasked with returning to the Premier League.

 

Slaven, who made upwards of 300 appearances for Boro between 1985 and 1993, took to Twitter with his opinion of Woodgate's appointment, suggesting he did not expecting him to get the job, but also urging the fanbase to get behind him, as well as expressing his delight at fellow Republic of Ireland legend Keane's recruitment.

Boro will be eager to challenge for promotion to the top flight next season following a 2018-19 Championship campaign in which they were in the playoff positions for much of the season only to eventually finish seventh.

A general view of the Riverside before the npower Championship match between Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers at Riverside Stadium on April 17, 2012 in Middlesbrough, England.

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