After the recent sacking of Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough now find themselves in even more of a tricky situation. Manager-less and currently sitting 19th position in the Premier League without a win since early December, it is not looking promising for new Interim boss Steve Agnew who believes himself to be a “creative coach” and someone who is “very confident” in his own ability. Therefore he is first up in the potential managers to succeed the the ex Real Madrid man.
Agnew who joined the club for the first time in 2001 and then rejoined for a second spell in December 2014 as Karanka’s assistant, is arguably one of the best candidates for the job because of his clear understanding of the club. However many Boro fans would argue he is not in fact the right man because of his lack of managerial experience and would prefer a more well known or perhaps; established manager to take the reigns for the remaining 10 cup finals Middlesbrough face in hope of keeping them in the Premier League. The league that they sought after for 7 long years in the wilderness of the Championship.
Now, at the end of the 2015 season who would of thought that the season after Nigel Pearsons Leicester would go on to win the Premier League? No one, and they would have been correct, not the winning the league part but the “Nigel Pearson’s” Leicester part. After their miraculous survival, Pearson was later sacked in the summer because of what proved to be an un-football related topic. This would end up being his last role as a top flight manager but now he is again being linked with his former clubs vacant position. It is believed he was initially contacted after Karanka’s walkout of their promotion season however he was not needed. Again most Boro fans may not be happy with a Pearson appointment but the previous Foxes manager could potentially be a solid acquisition and after all he’s done it before, so why not again?
Next up on owner Steve Gibson’s potential manager list would be ‘Arry’ Redknapp, who’s former assistant Joe Jordan joined the club this week. After Harry’s last Premier League role as QPR manager in 2015 it looked extremely unlikely we would ever see Redknapp back in the league. Despite this, it has been vastly reported this week he is interested by the Boro job and would be extremely attracted in a return to management in England. Most Middlesbrough fans may not be too pleased with that decision although Harry could indeed provide vital experience in the run in for the mighty reds and could turn out to be a very good appointment.
Finally and the most high profile of the four. Guus Hiddink. Last season the Dutchman was drafted in to Chelsea and was required to steady the ship. You could say the Boro job would be a similar task but frankly that would be nonsense, considering we do not posses anywhere near the same firepower as Chelsea did although, similarly it would most defiantly be be a survival task on hand. Hiddink would certainly be most of the Middlesbrough’s fans first choice and understandably so, the mans managed Real Madrid for goodness sake but then again so did Karanka and look how that ended…
Boro fans who would you like to see as the the new manager and why? Let us know in the comments below!