Former Toon Skipper In Line For ...

Last updated : 04 June 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

 The Smogs expect to make a managerial appointment in the next seven days, with Jonathan Woodgate having made the final shortlist of candidates to replace Tony Pulis.

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Boro officials have spent the last week sounding out a number of potential options, and chairman Steve Gibson is set to spend the next few days pondering a final decision.

Woodgate is the sole internal candidate for the managerial role, and the former Toon centre-half is understood to have conducted a formal interview in which he outlined his plans and ambitions.

The 39-year-old has extensive experience with Middlesbrough, both as a player and coach, and is keen to move into frontline management after assisting with first-team coaching duties under Pulis.

His lack of experience is a concern, but Gibson has not been afraid to promote coaches to their first managerial position in the past. Both Steve McClaren and Aitor Karanka took over on Teesside without having previously worked in a managerial role and enjoyed successful spells in charge of Boro.

Woodgate is a popular figure with Boro’s current first-team squad, and his elevation to the position of manager would be well received at the Rockliffe Park training ground. Middlesbrough’s supporters appear to be split, with some fans clamouring for a homegrown boss while others call for a change of direction.

A number of external candidates are still under consideration, with Slavisa Jokanovic having held formal talks with the Boro hierarchy.

The former Watford and Fulham boss boasts a proven track record in the Championship, having twice guided teams to promotion, but his financial demands remain a major issue.

Similarly, while there were suggestions Boro had spoken to John Terry at the end of last month, there has been no contact with the former England skipper or his representatives.