'Boro looking to replace Tony Pulis with Jonathan Woodgate'

'Boro looking to replace Tony Pulis with Jonathan Woodgate'

The former Real Madrid, Tottenham and Boro defender has emerged as the front runner to replace Tony Pulis whose contract ends in the summer.

Middlesbrough are lining up former Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate to replace Tony Pulis as Boro manager in the summer, as per reports.

Pulis, whose current contract with Boro will run out at the end of this season, has hinted in the past few weeks that he won’t be extending his stay at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough are currently going through a tough spell having lost their last 5 games and provided Boro decide to give Woodgate the managerial role in the summer, not many fans will be sad to see the back of Tony Pulis.

Boro's 1-0 home defeat to Bristol City on Tuesday evening means that Boro haven't won since the 2-0 victory over QPR in February.

Woodgate, who is currently a first-team coach at Boro, would be given the necessary time to get things right, though budget would still remain an issue for the club.

He was promoted to the role of first-team coach upon the arrival of Tony Pulis last season, though he is no stranger to life at Boro, with the 39-year-old having made over 100 appearances for the club.

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