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Five candidates for next Middlesbrough manager role

Tuesday 21st March 2017
Following the departure of former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka as manager last week, Middlesbrough are on the search for a potential replacement. Here at It's Round and It's White, we have lined up five who could potentially replace the Spaniard.

Claudio Ranieri

After his sacking from Leicester, Claudio Ranieri is probably appreciating a short break from football, but the thought of remaining in the Premier League and proving his critics wrong could be tempting for the Italian.

The 65-year-old - who of course oversaw the Foxes' Premier League title winning campaign last season – is a very unlikely choice for Middlesbrough, but could actually be a suitable fit.

As well as being the current holder of FIFA coach of the year, he also has managerial experience for sides such as Juventus, Inter Milan and Chelsea.

Alan Pardew

Without a role since his sacking from the Crystal Palace job in December. Alan Pardew will no doubt be seeking an immediate return to football.

With a C.V that contains spells at Newcastle United and West Ham United, as well as Charlton Athletic and Southampton, the 2012 LMA manager of the year would probably be an unwelcome addition to the Riverside for Boro fans given his experience.

However, the 55-year-old has shown before that he knows how to keep a side away from relegation and can give a side motivation to remain in the league.

Roy Hodgson

The former England boss has been linked with several clubs after his resignation from the role of manager with the Three Lions last summer.

Nevertheless, the 69-year-old is not only a very experienced manager, but he is also proven to guide teams out of the relegation zone as he did whilst in charge of Fulham and West Brom.

Again, Hodgson may prove to be an unpopular choice for many Boro fans, but he certainly should not be ruled out nor underestimated.

If selected, I'm confident the former Liverpool boss will do a decent job for the North-East side.

Nigel Pearson

The former Boro defender is one who has already been linked with a move to the Riverside Stadium as a manager.

The former Southampton and Hull manager has been without a job since leaving Derby County at the start of the season.

Prior to that, he enjoyed a very successful tenure in his second spell at Leicester City. Here the 53-year-old guided the Foxes to the Premier League in 2014 before keeping them up the following summer.

With that experience of a relegation battle, chairman Steve Gibson could be tempted to use Pearson's expertise for the remainder of the season.

Steve Agnew

The current caretaker boss is the favourite among many bookmakers to take permanent charge of Middlesbrough. He has been a coach at the club during three separate spells. The 51-year-old took temporary charge of the club in 2010. As well as for one match last season whilst Aitor Karanka was suspended due to an internal argument.

A midfielder during his playing days. Agnew will know the club well and is likely to have a decent relationship with the players.

Certainly, for the time being, it is expected that the former Hull City assistant will oversee duties for a few more weeks.
Greg Stubley
Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.

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