Middlesbrough are set to announce their new manager this week, with Jonathan Woodgate the man to take the reigns according to Sky Sports.
After plenty of candidates were interviewed in the past four weeks, including Slavisa Jokanovic, John Terry and Jorge Simao, the Middlesbrough hierarchy look set to give the job to First Team Coach Jonathan Woodgate.
The 39-year old was part of the backroom staff under previous boss Tony Pulis, and was the only member of the Welshman’s team to remain at the club following his departure in May.
Woodgate has a lot to thank Middlesbrough for. He came through the academy as a youngster in the late 90’s before signing for Leeds United, and returned to Boro when his spell at Real Madrid wasn’t a success a few years later, earning the Teessider’s Player of the Season award in the process.
He returned for a third spell in 2012, helping the club to the Championship Play Offs, where they ultimately lost 2-0 to Norwich City. He was also part of the set-up when Boro were promoted the following season, although he didn’t make a single appearance in the league due to injury.
He was given a role in the academy system as a coach following his retirement in 2016 under Aitor Karanka, and has been at the club ever since.
Although he has a lack of experience in management, Woodgate is a fan of the club and he knows what the fans want. Only time will tell whether the appointment will be a success or not.