Middlesbrough have confirmed the appointment of former defender Jonathan Woodgate as head coach on a three-year deal, APA reports citing The Telegraph.
Woodgate had made it clear he was interested in the job as soon as former boss Tony Pulis parted company with the club last month. Woodgate, who had been a member of Pulis’ coaching staff, will be assisted by former Spurs teammate Robbie Keane, Leo Percovich, who was previously on the coaching staff at the club from 2013-2017, and one-time Boro man Danny Coyne, as goalkeeping coach.
The appointment is a gamble by Gibson given there were more experienced applicants for the vacancy, but Woodgate’s commitment to playing attacking football, and his deep bond with his home-town club, meant it was one worth taking with crowds declining last season under Pulis.
The club said in a statement: “Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will head up a new-look senior coaching team. Jonathan has been appointed as the club’s new head coach and has agreed a three-year contract. It was during this procedure that it became clear that Jonathan was the outstanding candidate to head up the new structure, and his staff bring a wealth of experience and knowledge. Jonathan’s vision is very much aligned to our own for the club as we look to develop a new identity.