Middlesbrough slumped to a 4-0 defeat to high flying Leeds United on Saturday afternoon, ramping up the pressure on Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate.

Woodgate’s Middlesbrough side are 20th in the table, and are only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Despite the club being in a ‘transitional period’, Chairman Steve Gibson would not have expected Boro to be flirting with relegation this early in the season, with just three wins under their belts approaching Christmas.

According to The Sun, Gibson is preparing to give Woodgate the sack, and former-Cardiff and Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock is waiting in the wings to replace him.

Warnock left his position at Cardiff earlier this season after three years in charge, and may wish to look for a new challenge in the Championship. The 71-year old has achieved seven promotions in his time in football management, although it does not look achievable this campaign for the North-East side.

The Sun describe Woodgate’s position as ‘at crisis point’. However Middlesbrough have been very unfortunate with injuries, with a total of eight players missing from their most recent clash with Leeds at the weekend.

This has clearly not helped matters, but the attacking, pressing, passing style of play that was promised has certainly not delivered.

The Boro boss mentioned that both him and the Chairman were ‘on the same page’ when it came for needing new faces in at the club in January, but Gibson may not be prepared to wait to get a new face in the dugout before Christmas.