Middlesbrough: 5 potential candidates to replace Garry Monk as manager
There was an element of surprise to the news that Garry Monk has been sacked by Championship side Middlesbrough (also sacked the following day was the losing manager in the weekend tie with Boro, Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal). They did spend a lot of money in the summer and were expected to be challenging for the title, however, it is never easy being relegated and bouncing back at the first attempt. Boro was on the right tracks and had turned a corner in my opinion. They are only three points off the Play-Offs and another couple of wins over the festive period would have sent them into them.
Nevertheless, they find themselves in the hunt for a new manager again. Here are five potential candidates-
The 59-year-old is the odds-on favourite for most bookies. He was recently sacked by Premier League side West Bromwich Albion and is believed to be Boro's top target. He is a very experienced manager and would be a great coup by Boro, even if it does cost a lot of money to lure him to the Riverside. Pulis has managed Bournemouth, Gillingham, Bristol City, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Stoke City, Crystal Palace and West Brom. He is most known for his two spells as manager of Stoke City, one from 2002-2005 and the other was 2006-2013. He also did a very good job at Crystal Palace in 2014 and kept them in the Premier League against the odds. Pulis would be a really good choice for Boro and would get them into the Play-Offs in my opinion. However, there are other options out there too.
Pearson knows the Championship well and will no doubt be linked with the Boro job. His previous spell in England at Derby County did not work but he did a great job with Leicester City when he got them promoted to the Premier League and kept them up there the season after. It was the same team that Claudio Ranieri guided to the league title. He is currently manager of OH Leuven in Belgium but his head would certainly be turned by the prospect of managing Middlesbrough.
The Spaniard's name is going to be thrown into the hat. He has not been in a job since being sacked by Boro last season but he was a popular figure at the Riverside. He took Boro from the Championship into the Premier League in 2015/16 but was sacked and replaced by Steve Agnew after a poor run of results. Although a return seems unlikely, there is no doubt a connection between Karanka and Middlesbrough.
The Croatian boss was sacked by Premier League side West Ham United earlier this season after a poor start to the season. Middlesbrough would be a great job for him. He could guide them to promotion this season and them prove the doubters wrong in the Premier League. He has previously managed Hadjuk Split, Croatia, Lokomotiv Moscow, Besiktas and West Ham.
The former Manchester United and Wales legend seems to be an outsider for every job that becomes available under the sun. He will be given a job in England soon but it seems unlikely that Boro would turn to him at this moment in time.