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Middlesbrough edge closer to appointing Tony Pulis’ successor

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Middlesbrough are set to announce that they have appointed Jonathan Woodgate as their new manager according to Sky Sports News. 

It had been previously reported by the Daily Mail, that Woodgate was the early favourite to succeed Pulis, who didn’t have his contract renewed with the club earlier this year.

It is believed that Woodgate had been in talks with the club’s representatives three weeks ago, and that they are now edging closer to appointing him as Pulis’ successor.

Woodgate worked as one of Pulis’ assistants last season, and his seemingly imminent appointment will be met with much intrigue, as it is is first managerial job.

The former Middlesbrough defender retired from his playing career in 2016, and is evidently keen to stay in football in a managerial role.

Middlesbrough dismissed Pulis upon the expiration of his contract at The Riverside, as a poor run of form in 2019, saw Boro miss out on a top six finish.

The quality is definitely there for all to see in the Middlesbrough squad, although it will be a tough ask for Woodgate to achieve promotion in his first spell in charge, with the Championship likely to be fiercely competitive next season.

There’s no doubting that Woodgate is a legend at Middlesbrough, after a number of successful years with the club, but some Boro supporters are likely to have their reservations over his appointment, given that he doesn’t have a considerable amount of experience.

The Verdict: 

I’m not sure this is the right appointment.

Woodgate is a solid enough coach, but I’m not convinced he’s the right person for the managerial vacancy at Middlesbrough right now.

Boro need stability and someone that can take them to the next level as they challenge for promotion, and Woodgate isn’t the person to do that.

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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