Middlesbrough appoint Chris Wilder as new manager

07 November 2021 02:20

Middlesbrough have confirmed the appointment of Chris Wilder as the club's new manager, less than 24 hours after parting company with Neil Warnock.

Boro called time on Warnock's tenure after 17 months in charge with the club languishing in 15th place in the Championship, saying in their statement that the decision had been reached by mutual consent.

"Middlesbrough FC have parted company with manager Neil Warnock by mutual consent," the club wrote. "The decision was reached after talks between the two parties and Neil leaves the club with the best wishes of all.

"Neil broke the record in English football earlier this week when he clocked up 1,602 games as an English manager, an amazing achievement that is unlikely to be beaten."

90min learned on Saturday that Middlesbrough's players had already been told that Wilder would be the man to replace Warnock in the dugout, and that has now been confirmed by the club.

He will take charge immediately and will be joined by long-time assistant Alan Knill.

Wilder has been out of work since March, when he left Sheffield United by mutual consent after five years in charge. In that time, he led the Blades from League One to the Premier League, and was named LMA Manager of the Year after finishing ninth in their first season back in the top flight.

The 54-year-old has also sampled promotion with Oxford and Northampton during a lengthy managerial career that began with Alfreton Town in 2001, and previously made over 400 appearances as a player.

Following his departure from Bramall Lane, Sheffield United were relegated back to the Championship - and they are enduring a similarly disappointing campaign to Boro so far, sitting 18th under the guidance of summer appointment Slavisa Jokanovic.

Source: 90min