Tony Pulis Sacked By Middlesbrough After Championship Failure

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has been sacked following their failure to win promotion to the English Premier League.
Pulis took over at Boro in December 2017 and led them to the play-off semi-finals last year but they finished seventh in the England's Championship this season.

As such, amid fan disaffection over an ultra-defensive style of play - often starting with a back five - the club have decided not to extend Pulis' contract.

A club statement simply said: 

Middlesbrough FC can confirm that the contract of manager Tony Pulis will not be extended.

But chairman Steve Gibson paid tribute to the work Pulis had done during his 18 month spell in charge.

Gibson said: 

I'd like to thank Tony for his hard work and commitment over the past 18 months. He has been a joy to work with and a complete gentleman.

Two years ago we invested heavily in the squad in terms of transfer fees and salaries in an attempt to regain our Premier League status. This happened before Tony's arrival.

Over the past 18 months Tony has been proactive, not only in the ambition to win football matches and promotion to the Premier League, but also in addressing our financial position in order to comply and respect Championship Fair Play criteria.

He has ensured that the club is stable and strong for the future. He leaves us in excellent condition.

Tony's backing of our Academy has seen many youngsters make their first team debuts. I am sure that Dael Fry, Lewis Wing, Marcus Tavernier and Nathan Wood will be grateful for the faith he has shown in them.

I'm sorry to see Tony leave but our friendship and my gratitude will remain. Tony and his family will always be welcome at Middlesbrough Football Club.

It's understood that Jonathan Woodgate is in contention to take his first steps in management as Pulis' replacement.

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