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Middlesbrough: Appointing Paul Heckingbottom as new boss would be a huge mistake

Middlesbrough: Appointing Paul Heckingbottom as new boss would be a huge mistake

It has been a dramatic week to be a Middlesbrough supporter, hasn’t it?

Having seen Tony Pulis part ways with their club following an incredibly disappointing 2018/19 campaign, the Smoggies faithful will be keen to see just who will be chosen to lead them into a new dawn next season.

With a whole host of names being linked with the vacancy at the Riverside Stadium, chairman Steve Gibson clearly has a big decision to make over the next few weeks.

By appointing the right man, the 61-year-old could see his team make a return to the Premier League in the not-too-distant future yet by making a mistake, he could inadvertently be setting Boro up for disaster.

Therefore, with this in mind, Gibson must avoid the temptation to hand over the reins to Paul Heckingbottom this summer.

According to the Northern Echo, the Hibernian boss is reportedly a target for the Smoggies after enjoying an impressive start to his spell at Easter Road.

Although he has managed to transform the Scottish Premiership side’s fortunes since taking over four months ago, it would be a huge risk for Boro to take if they are to give Heckingbottom the job when you consider his previous escapades in the Championship.

Despite achieving a relative amount of success during his time at Barnsley, the 41-year-old’s failure to secure a play-off place last year whilst in charge of Leeds United should act as a warning to the Smoggies that he may not be good enough to thrive at this particular level of football.

If the Yorkshire-based outfit are to push for promotion in the upcoming campaign, they will be better off suited bringing in a manager who knows just what it takes to get over the line in the second tier.

What do you think Boro fans? Would it be a mistake to appoint Heckingbottom this summer? Who would be your ideal replacement for Pulis? Let us know below.

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