Tony Pulis parts company with Middlesbrough


Tony Pulis has left his role as Middlesbrough manager following his contract expiring this week. 

After 18 months on Teeside Boro decided to part company with the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss after finishing seventh in the Championship.

Despite being only a point away from making the play-offs, doubts have began to grow regarding the team’s style of play, with supporters particularly unhappy towards the end of the campaign.

Making the decision to not extend Pulis’ contract, chairman Steve Gibson paid respect to the outgoing 61 year-old:

“I’d like to thank Tony for his hard work and commitment over the past 18 months. He has been a joy to work with and a complete gentleman.

Two years ago we invested heavily in the squad in terms of transfer fees and salaries in an attempt to regain our Premier League status. This happened before Tony’s arrival.

Over the past 18 months Tony has been proactive, not only in the ambition to win football matches and promotion to the Premier League, but also in addressing our financial position in order to comply and respect the Championship Fair Play criteria. He has ensured that the club is stable and strong for the future. He leaves us in excellent condition.

I’m sorry to see Tony leave but our friendship and my gratitude will remain. Tony and his family will always be welcome at Middlesbrough Football Club.”

Former Boro manager Aitor Karanka is reportedly interested in returning to the club he managed for over three years after refusing to rule out the possibility on Thursday.

Jonathan Woodgate is also a candidate to take the reigns at the Riverside stadium and manage his boyhood club.


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