Championship

Experienced man in the frame to replace outgoing Middlesbrough manager

The Middlesbrough fans in the Transfer Tavern were celebrating yesterday’s comeback victory against Sheffield Wednesday when they heard the news that Garry Monk had been sacked.

In a club statement on Middlesbrough’s official website, Garry Monk’s sacking was confirmed.

Monk had only been in charge of Boro since the summer, bringing in a number of players over the summer transfer window, including Martin Braithwaite, Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher, Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie and Jonny Howson.

But his much-changed team, who were widely tipped as favourites for the Sky Bet Championship title, have struggled to keep up the pace with the leading promotion contenders this season.

Hoping for an instant re-promotion to the Premier League, Middlesbrough fans have been disappointed by Monk’s influence after he arrived highly recommended from his successful spell with Leeds United last summer.

The academy manager Craig Liddle will take charge on a caretaker basis while the club works to appoint a new manager before the January transfer window.

Tony Pulis has been linked with the job and tipped as the early favourite to take the reins at The Riverside Stadium, according to The Daily Mail.

Pulis was sacked by West Brom earlier in the season but has Premier League experience from his time with Stoke City and Crystal Palace.

Landlord’s verdict

When Monk was appointed in the summer, it seemed like a sensible move by Boro.

They had brought in a young, English manager with experience in the top two flights of English football and some fresh ideas were set to arrive at The Riverside.

However, it has been an awful season by Boro’s high standards with Monk showing tactical weaknesses and Tony Pulis will – at the very least – help to fix an uncharacteristically leaky defence at Middlesbrough.

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