Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis looks like paying the price of failing to at least make the Championship play-offs this season, with the 61-year-old expected to leave the club this week at the end of his 18-month contract, according to Gazette Live.
So where should Middlesbrough be looking if as expected Pulis departs this week? It could be that recent addition to the managerial market, former Brighton manager Chris Hughton, who could potentially be someone that Steve Gibson considers.
So should Boro consider Hughton as a replacement for Pulis?
“Hughton is a good manager, he did well at Newcastle and he over achieved at Brighton.
“He’s a football man and he knows the Championship.
“He’d be a great acquisition for them.”
“It’s a sound option.
“With Boro targeting promotion next season, Hughton seems a logical move as he has a track record of getting sides promoted.
“However, I’m not sure it’s the best move from a stylistic point of view. Hughton plays a largely defensive game, which is something you would think Boro would be looking to avoid after Pulis’ reign.”
“He should definitely come into their thoughts.
“Hughton has a proven track record of getting teams out of the Championship and keeping them in the top flight which has to be Middlesbrough’s aim.
“You do wonder however whether ‘Boro fans will be to pleased to have a manager with a similar style to the one that was so unpopular under Pulis.”
“Hughton has a brilliant record in the second tier and with Boro desperate to win promotion you have to say it makes sense.
“However, stylistically I would worry that it is not a big enough change to satisfy the fans.”