Middlesbrough appoints Tony Pulis as their boss with the ex-Stoke manager replacing the out going Garry Monk.
Pulis joins the River side club just five weeks after being sacked by West Brom and with the Teesiders just three points off the Championship play-off spots.
The 59-year-old look set to watch from the stands as Middlesbrough host Bolton on Boxing Day, with interim boss Craig Liddle set to take charge.
Monk was sacked by Middlesbrough regardless of the 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, a match which likewise observed the Owls go separate ways with their manager Carlos Carvalhal.
Middlesbrough director Steve Gibson said he was ‘pleased’ with the appointment in the wake of destroying ‘solid interest’ from two different clubs to get their man.
‘We’re pleased to choose Tony as our new manager,’ Gibson revealed to Middlesbrough’s website. ‘His experience and learning justifies itself with real evidence and he has a colossal reputation.
‘We’re excited by this appointment and by what Tony can convey to this football club. There was solid interest from two different clubs, and we’re charmed Tony has chosen to go along with us.
‘There’s no masking that 2017 has not been an upbeat year for any of us, however we’ve refocused and we’re anticipating what’s to come.’
Pulis depicted the Middlesbrough work as a ‘genuine test’ and said Gibson helped him to remember Stoke director Peter Coates.
‘I needed a test – a real test – and this helps me such a great amount to remember Stoke when I ran there with Peter Coates.
‘Steve Gibson is a football man who comprehends the diversion. I have awesome regard for him as a man and boss.
‘I truly am anticipating this. The prompt test is getting some answers concerning the football club and as a group we need to get the greatest number of points as can, as fast as possible.
‘I needed to come as of now since we have such huge numbers of diversions in a short space of time, and I can evaluate everything.’
TONY PULIS’ CAREER
Bournemouth – 1992-94
Gillingham – 1995-99
Bristol City – 1999-00
Portsmouth – 2000
Stoke – 2002-05
Plymouth – 2005-06
Stoke – 2006-13
Crystal Palace – 2013-14
West Brom – 2015-17
Middlesbrough – 2017-present