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Middlesbrough appoint new manager – former Coventry, Wolves, Leeds, Spurs player also named assistant

Middlesbrough have this morning confirmed the appointment of Jonathan Woodgate as the new first team manager.

He replaces Pulis who left last month after the club failed to reach the Championship play-offs on the final day of the season.

Woodgate will be assisted by former Leeds and Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane at the Riverside as well as Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne.

Woodgate said, as quoted by Gazette Live: “We want to get fans on the edge of their seat. We want as many fans back in the stadium as we can by playing attacking, exciting football with high pressure, pressing in different areas,” he said.

“I’m not just talking about gung-ho, I’m talking about players running the extra yard, knowing when to press, how to press and I’m looking to bring kids through the system and that’s really important for this football club.

“In the last few years we’ve maybe gone away from doing that, but I know every player from the Under-12s to Under-23s to first team level and I know what they can do.

“I won’t be frightened to put a young player in and the fans can start connecting with them, because they have a hunger and a desire to learn and go forward.

“I’ve brought Leo (Percovich) in as part of the staff and I think it’s really important that I tap into Leo.

“He was brilliant under Aitor, he had his back, he was trustworthy, he has a connection with the whole of Middlesbrough and he brings a lot to the party.

“As well as Robbie Keane – I think that’s a fantastic appointment for the football club. You can look at the history, at the amount of times you’ve had a striker of his ilk in the backroom team, and it’s very rare that we’ve had it.

“The goalkeeping coach, Danny Coyne, he’ll do really well for us. I’ve spoken to him at length and all three of them know what pathway we want to take.

“We’ve got to have a philosophy at the club and I certainly believe in it. It’s what I’ve grown up believing in.

“I’ve had managers play the style of football that I want to play and I’ve bought into it and my coaching staff have done exactly the same.”


After finally learning that Jonathan Woodgate has been appointed as their new manager, fans took to give their reaction – find out what they tweeted on the next page.


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