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Chris Wilder issues clear stance on his Middlesbrough future amid Burnley managerial links

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Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder has confirmed that he will remain at the club, despite intense speculation linking him with Burnley‘s managerial vacancy.

Wilder refused to play down talk of a potential switch to Turf Moor this week following Sean Dyche’s departure from the Clarets and even had to deal with former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan claiming that he had made a visit to the Lancashire club’s directors box behind Dyche’s back – however he has now moved to clarify his position at the Teessiders.

Having only arrived at Boro in November 2021 to replace Neil Warnock in the dugout, Wilder has told BBC Teesside Sport that he is ‘all in’ and met with club chairman Steve Gibson this week to talk about future plans.

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Since being identified as the individual to replace Warnock, Wilder has been able to move Boro from a mid-table position into a play-off chasing team and they have held a position in the top six plenty of times since the turn of the year.

However no wins in their last four Championship matches has seen Boro slip out of the play-off positions, with their latest defeat to Huddersfield Town on Easter Monday leaving them three points behind Wilder’s former club Sheffield United in sixth – albeit with a game in-hand on the Blades.

The Verdict

There will be a lot of relief from Boro fans that Wilder has finally moved to clarify his future.

This could have been easily resolved earlier in the week, where Wilder could have shut down any speculation by saying he was staying at the Riverside.

But his lack of explanation seemingly threw everything up in the air – there’s seemingly now no need to worry though.

Boro have become a much more attacking team under his management since he arrived nearly six months ago and even if they do not make the play-offs this season, the Teesside club will be in a strong position to make a good go of things next season in what will be Wilder’s first full season in charge.


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