Neil Warnock has replaced Jonathan Woodgate as Middlesbrough’s manager and will be in charge for at least the final eight games of the season as the club strive to avoid relegation from the Championship.

Neil Warnock’s first game will be at Stoke on Saturday before a vital trip to Hull the following Thursday.

Steve Gibson, Middlesbrough chairman, is a longstanding friend of Warnock’s and made the change following last Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Swansea which left Woodgate’s team just above the relegation zone, ahead of 22nd-placed Hull only on goal difference.

Woodgate turned up to supervise training on Tuesday only to be told of Gibson’s decision. The former England center-half swiftly said some farewells before heading home but there are some suggestions Woodgate – who recorded only nine wins following his appointment as Tony Pulis’s successor last summer – could be offered a new role at the club.

Middlesbrough are the 16th club Warnock has managed, with his past employers including Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Leeds but he has been out of football since leaving Cardiff in November.

Source UK Media