Sky Sports reports that Garry Monk and Nigel Pearson are the only two names Middlesbrough are now considering to be their next manager. Both have met up with Boro representatives in the hope of persuading them to hand them the job at the Riverside Stadium.
According to Sky Bet, Monk was the edge as he is priced at 2/7 to get back into employment not long after resigning as Leeds United head coach. Pearson is best priced at 5/2, but it appears to be a sheer 50/50 split between deciding who gets the gig.
Monk is also believed to have held discussions with rivals Sunderland over the job too. He spoke to Middlesbrough not long after returning from a short holiday following his departure from Elland Road. These are believed to be the only two clubs Monk has spoken to since leaving. His reputation in the game increased if anything on the back of a decent campaign at Leeds. Although they narrowly missed out on the play-offs, they still had significant progress compared to the team he inherited.
53-year-old Pearson is no stranger to Middlesbrough as he ended his playing career with them back in 1998. He has been out of work since leaving his role as Derby County manager in October 2016 after falling out with chairman Mel Morris. In more recent times, he is perhaps best known for his second spell at Leicester City, where he guided them to promotion and performed the great escape, a springboard which helped them win the Premier League the following year. He has also managed at this level with Hull City.