As reported earlier today on The 72, Middlesbrough are on the verge of sacking Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate, with former-Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock ready to take the reigns.

But now reports from Teesside Live suggest otherwise, and that Middlesbrough will stick with Woodgate for the foreseeable future with a view to turning their fortunes around.

Boro sit in 20th position in the Championship table, sitting above the relegation zone on goal difference. They are the lowest scorers in the division at the moment with just 16 goals in 19 games, and pressure is certainly ramping up on the North-East sides’ man in charge.

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The report states: “As things stand, the club remain fully behind Woodgate and are well aware of the challenging circumstances he’s working within.”

The reason the hierarchy, and in particular Chairman Steve Gibson are showing patience with the Boro boss is the increasing amount of first team players who are out injured at the moment.

“What they are taking into account, though, is the horrendous injury list that Woodgate’s currently having to deal with and the suspensions that are exacerbating the problem” states the report from Teesside Live.

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“There’s no club in the division that could cope without eight or nine first team squad members.”

This seems to be the determining factor in why Gibson would stick to his guns with Woodgate, but with conflicting reports suggesting he could be out the door relatively soon with Warnock taking his place, it is a case of just having to wait and see at Middlesbrough at the moment.


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