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23 June 2020 12:44

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Neil Warnock is back in management: Middlesbrough sack Jonathan Woodgate and appoint former Cardiff, Leeds and Sheffield United boss

Middlesbrough have sacked manager Jonathan Woodgate and appointed Neil Warnock as his replacement. The Championship club moved to bring in the vastly experienced Warnock, 71, after they were thrashed 3-0 at home by Swansea City on Saturday on their return to action. GETTY 2 Warnock's last role was at Cardiff and ended in November 2019 "MFC can confirm that head coach Jonathan Woodgate has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect," read a club statement. Boro are currently sitting 21st in the Championship, which resumed its season last weekend after a three-month hiatus owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Former Boro and England defender Woodgate was appointed as Tony Pulis' replacement at the Riverside last summer but oversaw just nine wins.

The defeat to Swansea on Saturday has left them out of the relegation zone only on goal difference. GETTY 2 Boro's 3-0 humbling at the hands of Swansea proved to be Woodgate's last match in charge Warnock – who has been without a club since leaving Cardiff City last November – now has eight matches to keep Boro up. His reign gets under way this Saturday with a huge clash away to fellow strugglers Stoke City – a match you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2 at 3pm. Neil Warnock has replaced Jonathan Woodgate as the Middlesbrough manager and will be in charge for at least the final eight games of the season as the Championship club battle to avoid relegation. The much-travelled 71-year-old was expected to preside over training on Tuesday afternoon and his first game will be at Stoke on Saturday before a vital trip to Hull the following Thursday.

Steve Gibson, the Boro chairman, is a longstanding friend of Warnock's and made the change following last Saturday's alarming 3-0 home defeat by Swansea that left the club just above the relegation zone, ahead of 22nd-placed Hull only on goal difference. Cardiff's Junior Hoilett and Robert Glatzel dent Leeds' promotion hopes Read more Woodgate turned up at Boro's Rockliffe Park training ground only to be told of Gibson's decision. The former England centre-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 including Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds, but he has been out of football since leaving Cardiff in November. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.

Since starting his career at Gainsborough Trinity in 1980 the former chiropodist has won promotion to the top flight on four occasions – most recently with Cardiff in 2018. A Middlesbrough statement said: "Jonathan was relieved of his role on Tuesday morning and will be replaced by the experienced Neil Warnock. Warnock will assume responsibility immediately. The club would like to place on record its thanks to Jonathan for all his work in the role of head coach." Relegation-threatened Middlesbrough have opted to make a managerial change, sacking Jonathan Woodgate and bringing in Neil Warnock as his replacement. Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at the situation at the Sky Bet Championship club.

Why axe Woodgate? Woodgate's last game in charge was Saturday's 3-0 home loss to Swansea (Bradley Collyer/PA). It appeared something of a gamble when the club appointed former Boro and England defender Woodgate, who had been on the coaching staff, on a three-year deal last summer for his first managerial role, and things certainly have not turned out as hoped. The 40-year-old departs with the team 21st in the Championship, above the relegation zone on goal difference alone. Saturday's 3-0 home loss to Swansea proved the final match of a tenure in which the Teessiders won only nine times.

They have registered just one victory in their last 12 league games. Why bring in Warnock? Warnock's most recent stint in the dugout was at Cardiff (Andrew Matthews/PA). In 71-year-old Warnock, Boro have turned to a man who provides a stark contrast to Woodgate in terms of experience in the dugout. His lengthy managerial career, which most recently saw him at Cardiff for a three-year spell that ended last November, features numerous promotions and also includes a short stint with Rotherham in 2016 that saw him steer the club out of the Championship relegation zone to safety. After Warnock's arrival in February, the Millers went on an 11-match unbeaten run and ended up nine points clear of the drop zone. How does the rest of Boro's season look? Boro travel to Stoke's Bet365 Stadium on Saturday (Nick Potts/PA). Sign up to FREE email alerts from Wales Online - Weekday Cardiff City FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Neil Warnock is back in the Championship following a seven-month hiatus. The Yorkshireman parted company with Cardiff City in November just months after his side were relegated from the Premier League. And on Tuesday morning, it was confirmed Warnock has replaced Jonathan Woodgate as Middlesbrough boss following Boro's 3-0 loss to Swansea City at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. Cardiff's stunning 2-0 triumph over Leeds United on Sunday significantly boosted the Bluebirds' play-off hopes, with Neil Harris' men now level on points with sixth-placed Preston with eight matches remaining. One of those matches sees Cardiff take on Boro in the North East of England in the penultimate match of the season next month. And it's safe to say Cardiff fans have been heavily discussing the big news of the day. Here's the best reaction from Twitter and Facebook. The Leckwith Mole: "Always liked the idea of Warnock's final club being Cardiff. Surprised he's gone all the way up North, but good luck to him. Must be getting under Sharon's feet again." Paul Davies: "Long drive from Cornwall!" Mark Jude: "He'll get them promoted. Great appointment." Rob Edwards: "Good luck Neil. Thanks for everything at the Bluebirds." Ashley: "More comebacks than Status Quo." Jamie Williams: "Wow." Jordan Davis: "Typical." Liam Murphy: "Danny Ward to Boro?" Callum Ellis: "You can just picture it now. Cardiff will need four points from their remaining two games to get in the top six. Penultimate game of the season will be a 4-0 win for Boro. "Eh, Boro have always been my sort of club and there's no room for sentiment in football." Dave Newman: "Middlesbrough to sink Cardiff. Noel Lever: "He's addicted to football management, but sadly the playing style will suffer at Boro under him." Ryan Walters: "Good luck Neil." Neil Warnock takes over at Middlesbrough after club sack Jonathan Woodgate Woodgate's departure was announced in a short statement on the Boro website Neil Warnock has been appointed Middlesbrough manager after Jonathan Woodgate was sacked on Tuesday morning. Boro were beaten 3-0 at home by Swansea on Saturday in their first competitive match for three months, Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster scoring twice for the visitors. The result leaves Middlesbrough 21st in the Championship table, only out of the relegation zone by virtue of a superior goal difference to fellow strugglers Hull City. Warnock, managing the 17th club of his 40-year career, will have just eight games to save his new team's Championship status. A statement on the Middlesbrough website said: "MFC can confirm that head coach Jonathan Woodgate has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect. "Jonathan was relieved of his role on Tuesday morning and will be replaced by the experienced Neil Warnock. "Warnock will assume responsibility immediately. "The club would like to place on record its thanks to Jonathan for all his work in the role of head coach." Woodgate was only appointed to his first ever managerial role in June last year as owner Steve Gibson tried to appease fans disappointed by Tony Pulis' style of football that had nevertheless seen them narrowly miss out on the play-offs in 2018-19. The new man could not match that level of achievement and won just nine of his 41 games in charge, just one of this victories coming in 2020. Even as recently as the beginning of March, more than three months ago but only three games in footballing terms, Gibson publicly backed his manager, insisting in an interview with the Teeside Gazette that he was "not the problem". "He is the figurehead of the club and has had to take a lot of criticism for problems which he inherited," Gibson said. "He has had a difficult first season but there is a real talent there. I am convinced of that. Where we are right now as a club is not the fault of Jonathan Woodgate." However, the very real prospect of a drop into League One has seen Gibson change his mind and plump for the experienced Warnock as the man to rescue a club which has now been absent from the Premier League for 11 years.