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Middlesbrough sack Jonathan Woodgate, appoint Neil Warnock as new manager

Championship side Middlesbrough have confirmed that they have parted ways with manager Jonathan Woodgate following the club’s recent 3-0 defeat to Swansea City.

The Riverside outfit have stayed in the bottom half of the table over the course of the campaign and they are currently separated from the drop zone by virtue of only goal difference.

Boro’s form has been pretty poor since the turn of the year and the recent loss to the Swans meant that they went winless for the 11th occasion from their previous 13 matches.

As a result, the club have decided to axe Woodward from the head coach and they have confirmed that Neil Warnock, who was previously with Cardiff City, has taken charge of the club with immediate effect.

“MFC can confirm that head coach Jonathan Woodgate has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect,” a statement on the club’s official website read.

“Jonathan was relieved of his role on Tuesday morning and will be replaced by the experienced Neil Warnock. Warnock will assume responsibility immediately.”

Warnock has vast experience managing in the Championship, but he has a testing challenge on his hands, given he does not have much time to share his ideology with the players.

With the congested schedule after the COVID-19 break, Boro are scheduled to play a game in every three or four days and the fans will be hoping that the change of head coach brings about an upturn in the results.

Boro have not dropped below the second tier of English football since the 1986/87 season. Warnock has eight games to steer the club clear of relegation to League One.

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