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Favourites to become new Middlesbrough manager as club terminate Chris Wilder’s contract

The favourites to become new Middlesbrough manager has been revealed as the club terminate Chris Wilder’s contract with immediate effect.

Wilder joined the club in November last year and departs with Boro currently sit in the Championship relegation zone after 11 games.

They fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Coventry City, who currently sit bottom of the standings but have played a few games less.


Middlesbrough Football Club have terminated the contract of manager Chris Wilder with immediate effect.

Leo Percovich will take over first team affairs in the interim basis, assisted by Craig Liddle, Mark Tinkler and Lee Cattermole.

The club would like to place on record its thanks to Chris and his staff for all their hard work over the past 11 months.

Rob Edwards is set to be interviewed by Middlesbrough this week, with Bournemouth interim boss Gary O’Neil also a potential replacement for Chris Wilder.

(Sky Bet – 3rd Oct – 9:45am)
Rob Edwards – 6/4
Sean Dyche – 8/1
Scott Parker – 10/1
Leo Percovich – 12/1
Liam Rosenior – 12/1
Anthony Barry – 16/1
Lee Cattermole – 16/1
Sol Bamba – 16/1
Carlos Corberan – 20/1
David Wagner – 20/1

(Sky Bet – 3rd Oct – 12pm)
Rob Edwards – 6/4
Carlos Corberan – 9/2
Sean Dyche – 10/1
Scott Parker – 14/1
Gary O’Neil – 16/1
Leo Percovich – 16/1
Michael Carrick – 16/1
Anthony Barry – 18/1
Mark Bonner – 20/1
David Wagner – 22/1

Coventry’s Mark Robins said after Saturday’s gam against Boro: “I think that’s as good a performance as he’s put in. He’s been away with Sweden and he’s played a game and 30 minutes and he’s come back in a really good headspace, really sharp and you could see that today. He’s hungry for goals and that could only benefit him and the team.

“It looked like a penalty all day long and they were talking about handball as well. It looked like he dragged him down and that was his intent, but that was their intent all day. You’ve got to get round him and got to get him down because he destroyed them up at the Riverside last season.”

Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder said: “The concession of the goal is yet again small details. We have three throws on the left-hand side and we give every throw away, then from the third one they counter, one ball, and we talk about the threat of (Matt) Godden and most importantly Gyokeres running down the side. One of my centre-halves, who’s the quickest centre-half in the club, tries to play offside and you’re just scratching your head.

“The level of attention and detail that goes into analysis, we’ve watched Coventry all last year and we’ve watched them this year, their main threat is Gyokeres and I thought he was the best player on the pitch. What you can’t do is step up on the halfway line because he’ll punish you – he punished us and we’re chasing a little bit.”

This is what fans said as the favourites to become new Middlesbrough manager is revealed as the club terminate Chris Wilder’s contract…

@mfcbeng: probably what’s best even though he’s a great manager sadly didn’t work out

@boro_alex2: Great managers don’t leave their two best players on the bench just to “change things up”

@mikeydennis7: Leo to get boro promoted @RequestABet

@HansonBenj: Stewy Downing in 😂

@mfcAlfie_: we’re going to regret this

@JLSoryu: Not massively surprised, seemed like things were seriously taking a turn for a worse. What does concern me, is who do we get in now? And also we seem to be stuck in a cycle of getting someone in midway through, talks of rebuild for next season and then it not working out.

@We_are_Boro: Until you sort the mess out within the club this is pointless. Manager after manager coming in and we’re not progressing. Shambles of a club since relegation.

@Smithy_MFC84: Wow. I wasn’t expecting that whatsoever. Well, whatever the circumstances, ultimately it’s massively disappointing that once again we find ourselves back on the managerial merry-go-round. Gutted it’s not worked out with Wilder, really felt like we’d hit the jackpot. #Boro

@bradddwatts: That starting XI Saturday was a middle finger to the fans and the board, he wanted sacking.

@MrJMetcalfe: Very sad end to what started so well. Shame we’ve missed out on bringing Tony Mowbray home.

@ellie9393: RIP “Oh Wilder said”

@yarker_tara: Well that’s a turn up for the books…11 months!!! Don’t know how I feel, I think I’m cross but not sure who I’m most cross with. I’m definitely disappointed. Hate that we’ve become a ‘sack him’ club but the results have not been good enough. @Boro #boro #wilder

@motleysfool: Really disappointed that it hasn’t worked out with Wilder after such a positive start. Finally thought we had secured the manager we had always been looking for. But results and performances have been dreadful this season and we are surely better than where we are. #boro 😔

@George67837132: I can’t believe I’m still seeing certain boro fans still sticking up for wilder?? His record in the last 20 league games is nothing short of horrendous? It’s a results business and although he hasn’t been helped with the awful recruitment we’ve had, it had to happen #boro

@Chris_BoroUTB: Can’t believe how this has turned out, it finally felt like the club was getting it’s act together and the feel good factor was back. Something had to change though. Who replaces him? No idea

@Geoffre77831787: Gibson has totally lost the plot. Rudderless ship springs to mind.

@domthomasbrown: Has to be something going on behind the scenes. Team’s form has nose dived since March. Half the players didn’t want to play for him by the looks of it, and he didn’t want to be here also! #Boro

@dlcrow_: You just know it’s going to be Sean Dyche #Boro

@andy_mallaby: This was happening even before the Coventry game. Something not quite right with the Wilder/Boro fit. Players are just as much to blame too. No room for sentiment when its a results business….. #boro

@liamday2005: If we get Rob Edwards in I will cry #boro

@Realdavebrown: #Boro please do not do another 180′ like after monk and woodgate, bring in a boss with a similar style, we can’t have another total re-build. #wilder

@BenRCG: Back on the Manager merry go round. Something hasn’t felt right this season. Potentially not even since The Burnley saga last year. Feeling pretty Apathetic towards the club in general atm. Shite on and off the pitch. Back to square one #UTB #Boro

@djwmfcuk: That is one short statement! Things clearly weren’t great behind the scenes! To guess, it was due to recruitment and rightly so. Had a great chance to kick on and Wilder was let down. Nothing changes

@CarlosDePuna: I’m looking forward to Scott Parker being sacked same time next year.

@jimmylees: Honestly. We are a poorly ran club these days. Can we get a manager in that has bought into Scott’s philosophy, please? Someone with a good coaching pedigree ready for the next step.

@RFC_97: On the fence with this one tbh. Whilst undoubtedly a shocking start to the season, my biggest question is who will replace him? Parker? Edwards? An unknown from abroad? Thank you Wilder for some fantastic games, still IMO a quality manager.

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