Gordon Strachan's reign as Middlesbrough manager is over by mutual consent, chairman Steve Gibson has confirmed.
The 53-year-old Scot's stay at the Riverside Stadium has come to an end a few days short of a year since he replaced Gareth Southgate. Strachan won just 13 of the 46 games for which he was in charge despite his side being installed as pre-season favourites to win promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.
The Scot was appointed as successor to Gareth Southgate on October 26 last year with Gibson deciding the club needed a change despite lying in fourth place in the Championship table and only a point behind then leaders West Brom. But they finished the campaign 40 points worse off than eventual champions Newcastle.
Gibson, who is not known for parting company with managers freely, confirmed Strachan's departure on his club's official website and revealed Strachan has walked away from the club without any compensation.
"Gordon is a man of great integrity," Gibson said. "He has torn up his contract and walked away without compensation because he felt it was in the best interests of the football club. There are very few managers who would have done that but that is the mark of the man."
Steve Agnew will take charge of the side against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday while Gibson hunts for a successor.