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Middlesbrough: Gibson must consider appointing Nigel Pearson as Pulis’ replacement

Middlesbrough: Gibson must consider appointing Nigel Pearson as Pulis’ replacement

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

After the Smoggies decided to part ways with Tony Pulis following an underwhelming 2018/19 Championship campaign last Friday, a whole host of managers have been linked with a possible move to the Riverside Stadium.

Yet with chairman Steve Gibson wary of just how big of a decision it is to find a sufficient replacement for the former Stoke City boss, it is important that he looks towards the long-term future for Boro.

Having missed out on promotion to the Premier League in each of the previous two seasons, the Yorkshire-based outfit would undoubtedly benefit from appointing a man who knows just what it takes to get over the line in the second tier.

Therefore, with this in mind, Gibson should seriously consider bringing in Nigel Pearson after the former Leicester City boss confirmed his interest in the vacancy on Tuesday.

Speaking to GazetteLive about the Boro job, the 55-year-old admitted: “Middlesbrough is a football club that anyone in my position would have to contemplate.

“It’s a fantastic club. It’s a fantastic job and Steve Gibson is a fantastic chairman.

“Whoever gets the job will be taking over a superb club with all the structures in place to be successful.”

Having previously missed out on the chance of managing the Smoggies in 2017, Pearson could prove to be the perfect man to get the club back into the big time if he is previous escapades are anything to go by.

In 2014, Pearson led Leicester to the Championship title by securing a remarkable total of 102 points from their 46 league games.

Although some would argue that his style of football is not too dissimilar to that of Pulis’, the fact that the Foxes were the second-highest goalscorers during the aforementioned season suggests that if given the right resources, he could bring back some much-needed excitement to the Riverside Stadium next season.

What do you think Boro fans? Would you welcome the appointment of Pearson as your new boss? If not, who would be your preferred option to take the Smoggies forward? Get in touch below.

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