Earlier today, the72 reported that former Leeds United boss Garry Monk was close to agreeing a deal to become the new manager of Middlesbrough.

But the latest news suggest that this deal is not as straight forward as it seems.

Of course, there will be other viable candidates for the job at the Riverside, but a former Boro favourite has today come forward and said that he would be extremely interested in the job.

The Daily Mail has reported that Middlesbrough legend Fabrizio Ravanelli has confirmed his interest in the job, and even asked Boro chairman Steve Gibson to give him a call.

As quoted by the Daily Mail, Ravanelli said “I was very disappointed to see Middlesbrough relegated, for the club, for the fans, for everybody.”

“But now it is important to start again. The club must show a lot of ambition because Middlesbrough has the potential to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.”

“I would love the opportunity to arrive for me to get the manager’s job at Middlesbrough. If Steve Gibson called me, no problem. That would be good. The Championship is a good league with a lot of quality teams.”

Ravanelli carried on to discuss the high regards he holds the club in.

“Middlesbrough is in my heart every day,” he said.

“I love the Middlesbrough fans, they are fantastic, and I hope one day it is special for me there again.”

The Italian confirmed that he was looking to get back into management after getting sacked at French Ligue 1 side Ajaccio.

Talking about his time in France, Ravanelli said: “I had to leave early, but I enjoyed my experience in Ajaccio. I want to start coaching again and I don’t want the mistake of making the wrong choice.”

“This is the start of a new career for me and I hope to have the possibility in July before the new season. So why not Middlesbrough?”

This latest news could potentially block Garry Monk’s path to Middlesbrough.

Ravanelli is a huge fan favourite still at the Riverside, and Chairman Steve Gibson may find it difficult to turn down the Italian’s offer to become the club’s new manager.


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